The objective of the course is to provide useful information to better understand pathophisiology of wild animals with a special focus on the causes of diseases and on some peculiar conditions such as antropic stress, capture, starvation and hybernation. The course is also aimed to deepen the possible use of laboratory tests for monitoring wild animal.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student should know the aspects that may predispose to the onset of diseases in wild animals, mainly in some peculiar physiologic conditions, and should know how these disease could be monitored using a laboratory approach.
Lesson period: Second semester
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General etiology with particular interest for wild animals: Effects of temperature, traumatic lesions, chemicals, alimentary, parasites, bacteria, viruses, ereditary causes (4 h) Stress: definition and pathogenesis , acute and chronic stress, freezing behaviour, antropic stress (4h) Capture, methods and effects on metabolism, shock, capture myopaty (2h) Starvation (2h) Termoregulation and hybernation. Pathophysiology and related diseases (2h) Use of laboratory tests in wild animals. Preanalytical biases, differences among species, seasons, functional perido in major laboratory tests. (2h)
Prerequisites for admission
Students should have fundamentals of comparative general pathology, pathophysiology and infectious diseases
The course is composed by some theoric lectures on topics of pathophysiology of wild animals, some laboratory experiences mainly focused on the possible use of laboratory tests for monitoring wild animlas and some didactic in field experiences to deepen what learned in theory
Slides projected during lectures and some articles useful for personal reading will be provided
Assessement methods and criteria
The evaluation of learning consists in a written exam composed by short answers in which the skill of facing issues about pathophysiology of domestic animals will be evaluated.