Diagnostic Laboratory of animal diseases
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The students will learn how to read and interpret the results of analytical tests, in order to evaluate any alterations, at a metabolic level, of the animals in an intensive livestock breeding unit. In addition, students will acquire skills in interpreting the metabolic parameters linked to the nutritional programmes applied, and they will be able to evaluate the suitability of the diet supplied, for the respective livestock situation. This evaluation will be extended to consider the principal nutritional components, such as proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and electrolytes, in relation to the animals' needs.
Students are expected to have a satisfactory knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and physiology
Course contents summary
The course comprises the study of livestock monitoring and surveillance, and of the respective metabolic profiles, along with the laboratory parameters involved. In addition, students have to learn the methods of interpreting and applying the results of livestock surveillance, with particular regard to cattle and pig species
Book for reference: Ubaldi et al., Diagnostica Chimico Clinica Veterinaria, Ed. Ambrosiana
The course consists of two types of lesson: frontal lessons of theoretical nature; and practical lessons in which notions are applied. In the frontal lessons, students are given the fundamental theoretical notions necessary to construct a metabolic profile according to their knowledge of animal metabolism. During the practical lessons, the students work on practical case studies presented by the professor, utilising the theoretical knowledge that they have developed.
The final test evaluates the students' theoretical knowledge of animal metabolism and their capability of solving and interpreting practical case studies