The course goal is the training of a professional figure familiar with major infectious diseases of farm animals. Particular emphasis is put on zoonotic diseases. Basic epidemiological principles are briefly illustrated, in order to provide the student with the knowledge needed to understand disease transmission and the importance to choose correctly the diagnostic test. For each disease, the pathogenetic mechanism of aetiological agent is discussed and the diagnostic procedures are detailed. The diagnostic aspects of infectious diseases are specifically addressed in practical lessons. The students participate to a visit to a dairy cattle farm, in order to get closer to the field and catch the possible weak points that could be linked to health problems.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will have the technical expertise to correctly perform the diagnosis of major infectious diseases of large animals; the students will also be able to participate in research projects regarding the pathogenetic aspects of infectious diseases, due to his knowledge of most important bacteriological and molecular techniques applied in the field.
Infectious diseases, zoonoses and food-borne diseases: basic principles · Mastitis: infection of ruminants with implications for zoonosis and food-borne diseases · Viral (Rota- and Coronavirus) and bacterial enteritis (colibacillosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis); implications for public health · Systemic zoonotic infections: mycobacteriosis, brucellosis, chlamydiosis · S. suis infections in pigs and humans · Respiratory and reproductive infections of animals (Mycoplasma, Myxovirus, Herpesvirus, Pestivirus) · Rabies
Prerequisites for admission
The student is required to pass the exams of "General Microbiology" and "Veterinary immunology and microbiology"
Lectures, practical lessons and a visit the a dairy farm. The practical lessons include an introduction to the methods generally used in the diagnosis of common infectious diseases of animals. Particular attention will be addressed to molecular techniques and to the interpretation of diagnostic results.
All the lectures are available online on Ariel. Supplementary material: · C.L. Giles, J.F. Prescott, J.G. Songer, C.O. Thoen (2004): Pathogenesis of bacterial infections in animals. 3rd Ed., Blackwell Publishing · D.C. Hirsh, N.J. MacLachlan, R.L. Walker (2004): Veterinary Microbiology. 2nd Ed., Blackwell Publishing · O. M. Radostis, C. C. Gay, K. W. Hinchcliff, P. D. Constable: Veterinary Medicine. 2008. Saunders Elsevier.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a written test (in November) and an oral. The first part of the exam accounts for 40% of the final mark.