Diagnostic Laboratory of animal diseases
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will acquire specific knowledge and skills relative to the most common laboratory techniques used in the various sectors of animal disease diagnostics.
Compulsory previous courses according to the study programme
Course contents summary
During the Course the students will attend the Divisions of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Diagnostics and Experimental Toxicology, Infectious Diseases of Animals, Microbiology and veterinary immunology, and General pathology of the Department of Animal Health. The students will have the opportunity to carry out the following practical activities:
bacteriological and virological diagnosis of the most important animal diseases;
setting up, interpretation and validation (sensitivity, specificity, R.O.C. curves) of serological tests in clinical diagnostics and in population screening initiatives, with calculator simulations;
methods for assessing the efficiency of the immune response in infectious diseases and in vaccination protocols;
clinical-biochemical and hematological tests and their diagnostic interpretation also in relation to medical history and objective clinical findings; execution of clinical-biochemical profiles on income-earning animals and their interpretation;
treatment of biological samples; execution of diagnostic tests with biochemical, clinical, hematological, coagulation techniques; diagnostics of the main metabolic diseases of animals;biomedical statistics applied to clinical-biochemical laboratory investigations;
laboratory diagnosis of the main types of intoxication of domestic animals: staining, reading and interpretation of cytological preparations; setting up of histological preparations (sampling, fixing, inclusion and colouring); histopathology and immunohistochemical applied to the diagnostics of the diseases of domestic animals.