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School of Science
MARINE BIOLOGY
Course unit
PHARMACOLOGY, TOXICOLOGY AND WELFARE OF FARMED FISH AND RELATIVE REGULATION
SCN1031729, 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
MARINE BIOLOGY
IF0360, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHARMACOLOGY, TOXICOLOGY AND WELFARE OF FARMED FISH AND RELATIVE REGULATION
Website of the academic structure http://biologia.scienze.unipd.it/2019/laurea_magistrale_biologiamarina
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Branch CHIOGGIA (VE)
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO DE LIGUORO VET/07
Other lecturers DANIELA BERTOTTO VET/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/02 Veterinary Physiology 4.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines VET/03 General Pathology and Veterinary Pathological Anatomy 2.0
Core courses IUS/14 European Union Law 4.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 FARMACOLOGIA, TOSSICOLOGIA, BENESSERE DEI PESCI ALLEVATI E LEGISLAZIONE INERENTE 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 DE LIGUORO MARCO (Presidente)
BERTOTTO DANIELA (Membro Effettivo)
MERLANTI ROBERTA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology is recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: General principles of pharmacokinetics and toxicokinetics. Use of drugs and disinfectants in aquaculture, with particular reference to dosage forms, prescriptions, and administration methods. Different criteria and rules for the use of pharmaceuticals in food producing and in ornamental fish: understanding specific problems and the related legislation.
Fate of active principles in the environment. Drug residues and contaminants from industrial and natural sources in fish products and in the aquatic compartment: risk assessment for the consumer and the environment.
The student will gain the ability to configure active ingredients in aquaculture, understand their appropriate use and the need to respect animal life and the aquatic environment. The student should also be capable of applying measures to protect animals and consumers against the hazards posed by environmental contaminants.

The welfare of farmed fish: influencing factors, related issues and assessment methods. The birth and development of the concept of animal welfare and its applicability to fish. Pain perception and suffering in fish. Human interactions with fish and effects of such interactions on fish welfare. The main factors of farming affecting fish welfare. The most appropriate physiological, behavioural and health indicators for the evaluation of fish welfare in farming.
Students will acquire the capacity to critique animal and fish welfare approaches in a range of human-animal interactions; they will have a detailed knowledge of the farming conditions needed to guarantee fish welfare and to specify a comprehensive set of analytical measures to evaluate them.
Examination methods: There is an oral examination at the end of the Course. The exam includes at least five questions based on the topics covered, and aimed at assessing comprehension, critical thinking skills and the ability to identify interrelationships between issues, as well as a good command of scientific language.
Assessment criteria: Special consideration will be given to the ability to apply the knowledge acquired in the interests of protecting the health and welfare of farmed fish and guaranteeing the wholesomeness of fish products and ensuring a good quality aquatic environment.
Course unit contents: Pharmacotoxicology module (6 credits)
General principles of pharmacokinetics and toxicokinetics. The use of pharmaceuticals and disinfectants in aquaculture, with particular reference to dosage forms, prescription, and administration methods. Different criteria and rules for the use of pharmaceuticals in food-producing and in ornamental fish: understanding the specific issues and the related legislation.
Fate of active principles in the environment. Drug residues and contaminants from industrial and natural sources in fish products and in the aquatic compartment: risk assessment for the consumer and the environment.

Welfare module (4 credits)
Definition of animal welfare, related legislation and applicability to fish. Human interactions with fish and effects of such interactions on fish welfare.
Fish physiology with particular reference to the welfare of farmed fish. The stress response and the ability to feel pain and fear in fish. The main factors affecting the welfare of farmed fish. Physiological, behavioural and health indicators for the evaluation of fish welfare in farming and related analytical methods.

Laboratory activities:
1) Preparation of aquatic toxicity tests on crustaceans
2) Dissection of Sea Bass; sampling of tissue and organs for the evaluation of fish welfare; hematocrit and erytrocyte and leukocyte cells count by hemocitometer; preparation and evaluation of blood smear .
3) Radioimmunoassay, immunohistochemistry and Western Blot analysis to evaluate fish welfare.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course (10 credits) consists of two modules organized in lectures (9 credits) and laboratory activities (1 credit) which take place respectively in the classroom, with support of slides and videos, and in dissection and ecotoxicology labs, or in aquaculture facilities with support of technical staff.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Any slides shown during lessons are provided directly to the students in pdf format or available on the e-learning page (https://elearning.unipd.it/cmela/) as well as any in-depth scientific reviews and articles discussed.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • K.M. Treves-Brown, Applied Fish Pharmacology. --: Springer, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Marco Vighi, Eros Bacci, Ecotossicologia. Torino: UTET, 1998. Volume della Collana 'Trattato di Farmacologia e Terapia' Cerca nel catalogo
  • Edward Branson (Editor), Fish Welfare. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo