Objective of the course is to provide a complete overview of the impact of microorganisms in the fields of animal farm, health and welfare, and to give basic understanding of the animal immune response against potential aggressors.
Expected learning outcomes
The student is expected to reach, as theoretical results, the basic knowledge in the following fields: bacteriology viroloy immunology The student is expected to reach, as practical results, the ability to: perform correct dilutions plate a sample for bacteriological analysis and interpret antibiogram results recognize viral infection in tissue culture
Theoretical classes: Bacteria, general characteristics, observation, cell morphology, classification Bacterial in vitro cultivation, bacteroscopic examination and staining Bacterial reproduction and microorganisms genetics Bacteria as pathogenic agents Physical and chemical agents for controlling microorganisms - Antibiotics and antimicrobials sensitivity test Microbiology of ensilages Microbiology of rumen Microbiology of milk and its derivatives General characteristics of viruses Virus/host interaction and viral diagnostics Virus classification, prions and spongiform encephalopathies Generall characteristics of fungi Classification of mycetes and pathological implications Antigens and immunogens Non specific and specific immune response Natural passive immunity Stress and immune system Vaccines and vaccinations in veterinary medicine Hypersensitivity
Practical classes: Microbiology laboratory, organization and tools Dilutions Bacterial observation and staining Cultivation of bacteria in laboratory Bacterial identification techniques Antimicrobials sensitivity test Tissue culture and virus induced cytopatic effects
Prerequisites for admission
Not required any preliminary knowledge
The teaching consists in theoretical classes and practical classes in laboratory
Poli G., Cocilovo A., Dall'Ara P., Martino P.A., Ponti W. (2005): Microbiologia e immunologia veterinaria. 2a ed., UTET Scienze Mediche, Milano.
Slides available to students through Ariel
Assessment methods and Criteria
The obtainment of the expected learning outcomes by the student are assessed by an oral examination based on questions with open answer and questions with closed answer, which include also the description of the practical activity. The evaluation parameters include correctness of answer, comprehension of the topics of the program, ability to connect them and propriety of language. The grade is expressed in thirtieths and it is communicated to the student immediately after the end of the oral exam.