Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to allow the student to know and understand the essential elements of avian production; The aetiological, clinical, epidemiological, diagnostic and prophylactic aspects of avian diseases.
D1 - Knowledge and understanding
The student will have to demonstrate to know the etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and prophylaxis of infectious, parasitic and mycotic diseases of poultry and avian species; must be able to prepare and apply a vaccination protocol; should recall the main Veterinary Police measures concerning the infectious diseases of avian species.
D2 - Applying knowledge and understanding
At the end of the training activity, the student will have to demonstrate to be able to apply differential diagnosis protocols to infectious, parasitic and poultry diseases and to be able to discuss the management of outbreaks of infectious disease.
D3 - Making judgements
The student should be able to interpret clinical signs and gross lesions of avian diseases, by framing them in the normative environment where provided. The student should also be able to assess the appropriate biosecurity and prophylactic measures.
D4 - Communication
At the end of the training activity, the student must demonstrate that he / she can express himself / herself with lexicon properties in the field of avian pathologies concepts, including regulatory aspects.
D5 - Lifelong learning skills
The student should be able to update himself/herself and apply these knowledge in the field of etiological, epidemiological, diagnostic, therapeutic and prophylactic aspects of avian pathologies and the relevant Italian and EU Community legislation.
Microbiology and Epidemiology; Infectious Diseases I
Course contents summary
The course is aimed at teaching knowledge and understanding of the basics of aetiology, epidemiology, clinical signs in bacterial, viral, parasitic and mycotic diseases of poultry; related diagnostic methods; prophylaxis; vaccine typology and use of vaccination in control programs.
In particular, the following diseases will be treated:
Colibacillosis, Staphylococcosis, Fowl Cholera and other avian pasteurellosis, Avian Salmonellosis, Avian Clostridiosis, Campylobacteriosis, Tuberculosis, Mycoplasmosis, Chlamydiosis.
Newcastle Diseases, Avian metapneumovirus, Avian Influenza, Infectious Bronchitis, Marek’s Disease, Infectious Laryngotracheitis, Infectious Bursal Disease, Avian Encephalomyelitis, Avian Pox, Avian retroviral infections, Avian adenoviral infections.
Coccidiosis, Histomoniasis, endo- and ectoparasite diseases.
Aspergillosis, Candidiasis, Mycotoxicosis.
The national and Community regulatory aspects related to avian diseases will be considered, both as surveillance plans and as management of outbreaks of infectious disease
Diseases of poultry, IX edition, Wolfe Publishing Ltd, Iowa, 1991
Asdrubali G., Fioretti A.
Manuale di Patologia Aviare
Point Veterinaire Italie, Milano, 1° ed. 2009
Oral lessons, seminars and practice
Assessment methods and criteria
Examination of the expected learning outcomes described by the D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5 indicators will be carried out by oral examination.
The first part of the test is aimed at the recognition of organs and lesions seen as photographic images. The second part of the exam is theoretical and is intended to verify the candidate's knowledge, understanding, judgment ability and communicative ability.