- Knowledge and understanding.
The course aims to provide the student with knowledge of the general concepts of epidemiology, prophylaxis and control of infectious diseases, with particular reference to the main zoonotic and non-zoonotic infectious diseases of livestock. The general concepts of risk analysis in the field of food safety and animal health and the main international and national organizations dealing with the management of veterinary health issues will also be covered.
- Applying knowledge and understanding.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to identify and explain the characteristics of different pathogens and to address issues concerning the prevention and management of infectious diseases of interest to the livestock and public health sectors.
- Making judgements.
At the end of the course, the student will be able to define the strategies to prevent or control the infectious diseases covered by the course. In order to foster the student's ability to connect the different topics of the course with each other and therefore to acquire judgment and choice skills in the field of prevention and control of infectious diseases, some diseases and pathologies will be taken as a model and treated more thoroughly.
- Communication skills.
At the end of the course the student is expected to have acquired the ability to communicate with adequate language skills and to be able to present the topics in a clear, linear and coherent manner.
- Learning skills.
At the end of the course the student is expected to have developed skills that allow independent learning through the critical evaluation of the scientific literature concerning the topics covered.
Course contents summary
The student will be provided with basic knowledge of microbiology, with particular reference to bacteria and viruses, immunology and epidemiology. Topics relating to herd hygiene, prophylaxis and control of infectious diseases and risk analysis will then be treated.
Poli G., Dall’Ara P., Martino P.A. Microbiologia e immunologia veterinaria, Edra, 2017.
Bottarelli E., Ostanello F., Epidemiologia. Teoria ed esempi di medicina veterinaria, Edagricole, Milano, 2011.
Farina R. e Scatozza F. - Trattato di malattie infettive degli animali - UTET, 1998.
Bottini D., La gestione sanitaria nell'allevamento della bovina da latte, Le Point Veterinaire Italie, 2009.
The lectures will be carried out through the prevalent use of slideshow or multimedia presentations. Practical teaching will be carried out through laboratory activities and/or herd visits (assessment of the health and hygiene status and collection of samples to be analyzed during laboratory activity ) and/or audiovisual material, films, simulations and case studies.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam at the end of the course.
Students with certified disabilities pursuant to article 16 of law n. 104/1992 or learning disabilities (law n. 170/2010), will be provided with proper specific support.
Only in exceptional cases could a written exam be carried out as an alternative to the oral exam.