The course aims to train students on the methods and approaches to be implemented in the field and in the laboratory for controlling mastitis in dairy ruminants, especially focusing on emerging technologies for mastitis monitoring and on traditional and innovative methods for identification and characterization of etiological agents. Prevention measures and alternatives to antibiotics will also be briefly introduced.
Expected learning outcomes
At course completion the student will have an updated perspective on methods and technologies that can be applied for detecting, monitoring and controlling mastitis and intramammary infection in dairy ruminants. Students will also acquire analytical and presenting skills related to the course topics.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
he course aims to provide an updated and integrated perspective on the methods and approaches currently available for dairy ruminant mastitis prevention and detection in the farm and in the laboratory. After a general review of basic concepts, the methods for detecting inflammation and infection, for identifying and characterizing etiologic agents, and for monitoring antibiotic resistance and reducing antibiotic use will be illustrated and discussed, with a special focus on novel technologies and innovative approaches.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of microbiology is advised
Lectures (16h) and practical activities (16 h)
Course materials are available on the dedicated ARIEL webpages