Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students should learn the notions needed to perform a general and organ-specific examination of the animal, finding all the differential diagnoses and deciding diagnostic tests to perform and appropriate therapy to undertake. They should be able to make connections with other disciplines (anatomy, physiology, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging), in order to reach the final diagnosis. They should be able to use appropriate scientific language to communicate with colleagues without misunderstandings, and they should know the indications and how to perform the main small animal soft tissue surgeries, as well as potential complications encountered.
In the practical part of the course students will acquire confidence with the surgical/sterile environment, the will perform simple soft tissue surgical procedures and they will learn how to approach small and large animals safely.
Anatomy, physiology, surgical pathology, diagnostic imaging
Course contents summary
Semiotics and clinics of the following systems of companion animals: digestive, respiratory, urinary, integumentary, circulatory, endocrine; with special attention to more common diseases diagnosed in practice. Main diseases of the digestive and muskulo-skeletal system of horses.
- Fossum T.W. Small animal surgery, 5 ed. Mosby Editore.
- Johnston S.A. e Tobias K.M. Veterinary surgery. Small animals, 2 ed. Elsevier
frontal lecture/practical session
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination : students will be asked to demonstrate that they have reached a good level of knowledge and understanding. Students must be able to apply their knowledge and comprehension capacities, showing a professional approach to their work. They should have adequate skills in discussion of their ideas and in problems' solving. Students must be able to discuss and collect data, in order to develop their own independent judgements.