Natural additives for controlling of health status in animal husbandry

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students knowledges on additives that can be used in animal husbandry, replacing antibiotics for auxinic use, with particular reference to phytogenics one. The student will be led, also through practical exercises, to recognize additives insidethe diet of farm animals and the purpose of inclusion.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to place the additives within the framework Regulation and through the bibliographic research of scientific articles and the related discussion will develop a critical judgment ability on the effects of additives in animal farm.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Introduction to the course and overview of the issue : definition of aromatic, officinal and medicinal plants; use of medicinal plants. Active principles
Medicinal Plant Chain and transformations
Additives: Classification, Register of Additives, Regulation and role of EFSA
Alternative to the use of antibiotics: Natural extracts, probiotics, prebiotics
Effects on quality of the production
Effects on animal health
Practical activity on Register of Additives (Annex 1 e Anex 2)
Literature Research and research on line on European Regulation
Visits to companies and/or EFSA
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of nutrition
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures in the classroom and practical activities in the laboratory and in the informatic room. Technical visits to companies and/or EFSA
Ariel Platform
Assessement methods and criteria
The examination consists of the discussion of a scientific article on the use of natural additives in zootechnical specie and in a written test to ascertain knowledge of the theory. The material available on the Ariel platform allows the formulation of questions aimed at verifying knowledge of the topic.
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Pastorelli Grazia