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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077538, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
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Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FEDERICA MARCER VET/06
Other lecturers MATTIA CECCHINATO VET/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 6.0
Core courses VET/06 Parasitology and Parasitic Animal Diseases 4.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Required foundation courses: none
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide students with knowledge of the main features (i.e. structure and life cycle) of virus, bacteria and parasites agents of animal diseases and zoonoses. Students will also acquire principles of epidemiology, prevention and biosecurity applied to animal transmissible diseases and zoonoses. General aspects of main infectious and parasitic diseases, even of zoonotic nature, of laboratory and wild captive animals will be presented.
Examination methods: Students will be evaluated at the end of the course through a written test with multiple choice and open questions.
Assessment criteria: The ability of students to manage health and hygiene requirements into the different types of facilities, to apply biosecurity measures for animals, keepers and visitors will be evaluated together with their capacity to recognize the possible circulation of pathogens and to apply the first control measures.
Course unit contents: The course includes two main topics:
Principles of Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases
Principles of Prevention and Control of Parasitic Diseases

The lectures include:
General features of viral, bacterial and parasitic agents (protozoans, helminths, acanthocephalans, parasitic arthropods and dermatophytes)
Definition and importance of zoonoses
Parasitic life cycles; examples concerning laboratory animals (rodents and fish) and wild animals
Routes of transmission of infectious and parasitic diseases, including zoonoses, in laboratory animals (rodents and zebrafish), zoo animals and aquarium animals
Sources of disease, potential disease risks and specific predisposing factors in animal facilities and health-screening programs suitable for animals in their care to maintain appropriate health status will be part of the seminars with experts.
Diagnostic of pathogens
Biosecurity and preventive measures of infectious and parasitic diseases among animals and between animals and humans in the different facilities

The practical activities include:
Correct collection and storage of biological samples (e.g. faeces, skin scrapings, cloacal/rectal swabs, tissue samples, etc.) for the microbiological and parasitological examination
Basic isolation and identification procedures of infectious and parasitic agents (e.g. macroscopic and microscopic examination of specimens, isolation on culture media, identification with biochemical testing and molecular techniques) of wild and laboratory animals
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 56 hours of theoretical and 24 hours of practical activities. Seminars with experts of laboratory and wild animals are planned.
Students will be involved in group activities on specific case studies regarding infectious and parasitic diseases of laboratory animals (rodents and fish) and wild animals and group discussions will be organized.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course material will be available on Moodle platform
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P. J. Quinn, B. K. Markey, F. C. Leonard, E. S. Fitzpatrick, S. Fanning, Concise Review of Veterinary Microbiology, 2nd Edition. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Foreyt, William J., Veterinary parasitologyreference manualWilliam J. Foreyt. Ames: Iowa, Blackwell, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Miller, R. Eric; Fowler, Murray E., Fowler's Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, Volume 8. W.B. Saunders: Elsevier Inc, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fox, James G., Laboratory animal medicine. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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