Infectious diseases II and avian pathology
Learning outcomes of the course unit
In accordance to Dublin Descriptor at the end of the course of Infectious Disesases II the student must have:
D1- Knowledge and understanding. In particular the student must Know aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs . The course aims to enable the student to know and understand the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and prevention of viral diseases of veterinary interest, with particular interest for zoonosis
D2- Applying . knowledge and understanding. In particular the student must produce a diagnostic suspect and operate or properly address laboratory investigation at the aim of achieving a correct diagnosis. At the same time it's pivotal to notify law measure, if present.
D3 - Making judgement. The student should be able to collect the data complex that characterizes the disease and produce a critical personal analysis in order to produce a diagnosis and apply corrections that hinder the spread of the infection. In this sense, he must be able to set up an appropriate vaccination program for the situation he is called to handle.
D4- Communicative Skills. The student must have technical skills, but his ability to communicate with diagnostic and prophylactic information is clear in order to gain credibility with colleagues and clients.
D5- Learning Capacity. The student must have acquired a mentality that allows him to go beyond the notions learned during the course of studies. It should therefore be self-interested to participate in industry events, acquire updated texts and consult magazines.
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, epidemiology and Infectious Diseases I
Course contents summary
Introduction to the study of viral diseases in domestic animals: basic concepts relating to the nature and classification of viruses, their pathogenic potential and the main investigation methods used in virology are presented.
Subsequently the course addresses major viral diseases of veterinary interest.
The course of avian pathology is aimed at teaching knowledege and understanding of the basics of aetiology, clinical signs, epidemiology in avian diseases; measures of direct and indirect prophylaxis; different vaccine typology and use of vaccination in control programs of avian diseases. The student will also learn to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding in avian diseases.
BENAZZI P.: Il regolamento di polizia veterinaria. Ed. Esculapio, Bologna.
CASTRUCCI C.: Monografie sulle malattie da virus, Ed. Esculapio, Bologna.
SCATOZZA F.: Compendio delle malattie dei mammiferi domestici, Fondazione Iniziative Zooprofilattiche e Zootecniche, Brescia.
SCATOZZA F., FARINA R.: Trattato di malattie infettive degli animali. UTET, Torino, 1999.
TIMONEY J.F. e coll.: Microbiologia e malattie infettive degli animali domestici - 3^ ed. italiana 1995.
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
Lectures and exercises in the laboratory and necropsy room.
Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment of the achievement of the objectives of the course consists of an oral examination. The questions deal with specific diseases and verification of a correct approach to field situations.