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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078299, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0065, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 MARCO BIROLO AGR/20

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/20 Animal Husbandry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of biochemistry, animal biology, anatomy and physiology of livestock.
Target skills and knowledge: The student will be able to evaluate the welfare status of farm animals during the different steps of the productive process (husbandry, transport and slaughter), identify critical points and provide solutions for improving animal welfare and production.
Examination methods: Written exam (multiple choice, open answers).
Assessment criteria: The student will have to demonstrate theoretical knowledge and technical skills to analyse, identify and solve the issues on farm animal welfare in relation to rearing system, facilities, housing conditions and animal management at the different steps of the production process.
Course unit contents: 1° CFU. General introduction to the topic of animal welfare for farm animals: meaning, history and evolution of the animal welfare concept, legislation.

2° CFU. Analysis of animal behaviour, stress physiology and welfare indicators.

3° CFU. Methods to assess the animal welfare in livestock (dairy and beef cattle, pigs, poultry, rabbits and fishes), identify critical points and possible solutions.

4° CFU. Transport, stunning and slaughter: critical points for animal welfare and interactions with the end-product quality.

5° CFU. Class exercises on topics of particular importance for the welfare of farm animals (e.g. painful procedures, alternative rearing systems).

6° CFU. Technical visits and evaluation in the field of animal welfare status.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be structured into class teaching activities to provide students with theoretical knowledge for achieving skills on the physiology and assessment of animal behavior, and the development of strategies for improving animal welfare.
Classroom exercises with group work will be carried out by applying teaching methodologies of inquiry based learning, role playing and cooperative learning.
Technical visits to model farms will be planned for the field evaluation of the critical issues on animal welfare and the implications of current legislation on farm productivity and management.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material used during lessons (Powerpoint presentations) will be available for students at the Moodle platform of the School of Agronomy and Veterinary at the address:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Carenzi, Corrado; Panzera, Michele, Etologia applicata e benessere animalea cura di Corrado Carenzi e Michele Panzera. Milano: PVI Point vétérinaire Italie, 2008. Parte 1 e Parte 2
  • Grandin, Temple, Improving animal welfarea practical approachby Temple Grandin. Wallingford: Oxfordshire, Cambridge (MA), CABI, 2010.
  • Broom, Donald; Fraser, Andrew, Domestic Animal Behavior and Welfare. --: --, 2015.

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

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Responsible Consumption and Production