Nutrition for prevention and longevity

A.Y. 2019/2020
0.008
Max ECTS
0.128
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/17 AGR/18 VET/03 VET/05 VET/06 VET/08 VET/09 VET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The learning objectives will be to focus on the study of the link between optimanl nutrition, lifestyle, nutritional-related pathologies, inheredited diseases and longevity in pets, increasing the knowledge on aging processes and health stauts.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will gain knowledge, skills and abilty on:
- The main factors influencing life span in pets
-Formulation of diets and nutritional plans understanding of the biological process that influence ageing, 
-nutritional strategy to reduce the gap between lifespan and healthspan,
-dietary strategies to prevent chronic and nutritional-related diseases development.
-Bioactive ingredients of the diets
-Managing hereditary disorders with breeding programs
-Read the results of pedigree
-Communication and autonomous study for a continous scientific update process
-Use of specific scientific terminology
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Prerequisites for admission
To attend the elective course, the student must have passed all the exams of the third year and he must have attended the courses of the first semester of the 5th year.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Learning will be assessed during all the practical activities of the course. Clinical rotation and modules of elective activity contribute in a different way to the definition of the final mark.
In clinical rotation, assessment of skills will be carried out in itinere by each teacher during clinical and diagnostic practical activities. Each specific practical competence carried out by the student will be attested through the electronic logbook by the teacher in whose presence this will be carried out. The regular frequency of activities and the acquisition of skills that the student will have to learn and possess at the end of the activity will result in an "approved" assessment.
At the end of the course, for each one of the elective modules of the course there will be a final oral examination.
Clinical Rotation
Course syllabus
In the document of the Day one competences "(DOCs), drawn up by the European Coordinating Committee on Veterinary Training, there is a list of knowledge and skills that the new graduate must possess. The electronic logbook lists the practical skills that the student must acquire to satisfy what is reported in the DOCs document. The hospital rotation is aimed at making the student acquire the skills and competences shown in the electronic logbook which from time to time it will be appropriate to apply on patients and case studies assigned.
Teaching methods
Practical work on referred for visit and hospitalized patients and on biological material provided for diagnostic purposes at the Teaching Veterinary Hospital. The work will be carried out by the students individually or in groups under the direct guidance of the teachers. All students will carry out activities in the Companion Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in the Ruminant and Swine Clinic, in Equine Clinic and in the facilities of the diagnostic services.
Teaching Resources
No specific reference material is foreseen. In relation to the activities carried out from time to time, students may be asked to research and discuss scientific literature on specific cases observed.
Nutritional innovation for the prevention of active aging
Course syllabus
Modern nutrition science and the European Union have been oriented towards a radical transformation of the concept of nutrition: foods, in addition to their nutritional and sensorial properties, also an important role on maintaining health, on psycho wellness -physical and on the prevention of some diseases. In fact, increasing evidence has been obtained on the priority role of diet and specific foods, so-called "functional foods", in improving animal welfare and preventing many morbid conditions. To ensure that pets led long and healthy lives proper nutrition and lifestyle play a pivotal role. The proportion of senior dogs and cats in the total population is increasing. There is a need to take their specific dietary requirements into account and to develop specific diets for senior having typical diseases associated with old age. Balanced, complete, lifestage appropriate diets for dogs and cats; Functional nutrition; Bioactive ingredients; Relationship between nutritional status and risk of pathology. Strategies for reducing the lifespan gap (lifespan) and healthy life span (healthspan); Prevention of chronic diseases.
Teaching methods
The course will be based on frontal lessons with training session on calculation by nutrition-dedicated softwares for dogs and cats.
In classroom discussions will be also performed together with the analysis of divulgative websites.
Teaching Resources
The course topics will be available by slide presentations from the teacher and uploaded on ARIEL platform.Scientific papers will be available form the teacher
Diagnosis and prevention of genetic diseases in dogs and cats
Course syllabus
The course will focus on canine and feline inherited diseases with particular attention to molecular genetic diagnostic procedures used in international laboratories. The prevention and eradication of hereditary pathologies through breeding plans management will be studied. The aim of the genetic course section is to supply an effective tool in genetic study for dogs and cats. The main genetic principles will be taught in the course to be applied in dog and cat breeding programs and selection choices.
Teaching methods
The lectures will be held at the university classrooms; field trips to some dog breeding centers
Teaching Resources
The topics of the course will be available as power point presentations on ARIEL platform.
reference book: Genetica animale applicazioni zootecniche e veterinarie G. Pagnacco Casa editrice ambrosiana.
Horse nutrition
Course syllabus
The first part of the course will consider the two horse feeding systems suggested by INRA and NRC. The second part of the course will focus on the main horse nutrition-related pathologies.
The course will also consider the foal, the gestating mare, the adult and the old horse nutrition, together with the diet quality and the mean retention time with special regard to the increase of the health status of the animal and the prevention of nutritional-related pathologies in the last part of the horse life.
Teaching methods
The topics of the course will be available as power point presentations on ARIEL platform. the course will be based on the evaluation of horse diets focused on increase the health status of the animal with different training sessions and works-groups.
Teaching Resources
The course topics will be available by slide presentations from the teacher and uploaded on ARIEL platform
New frontiers in pets nutrition
Course syllabus
The general aim of this course is to contribute to the formulation of nutritionally balanced diets for different stages of the life of dog and cat, while complying with relevant EU legislation on dog and cat nutrition. To achieve this objective, up-to-date scientific knowledge on cat and dog nutrition, minimum and maximum nutrient levels, guidance for the assessment of the nutritional value of pet foods, practical nutrient recommendations for management of nutrition will be discussed. Nutrient requirements, vary considerably even between animals kept under the same conditions, will be evaluated in relation to the age, breed, body size, body condition, insulation characteristics of skin and hair coat, temperament, health status or activity and environmental factors. Particular attention will be posed on the education on understanding pet food labels and on the guidelines for homemade diets to promote animal care.
Teaching methods
the course will be focused on frontal lessons and training activities using the main nutrition-dedicated softwares available
Teaching Resources
The course topics will be available by slide presentations from the teacher and uploaded on ARIEL platform.
Scientific papers will be available form the teacher
Clinical Rotation
VET/03 - VETERINARY PATHOLOGY - University credits: 0
VET/05 - INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS - University credits: 0
VET/06 - PARASITOLOGY AND ANIMAL PARASITIC DISEASES - University credits: 0
VET/08 - VETERINARY CLINICAL MEDICINE - University credits: 0
VET/09 - VETERINARY CLINICAL SURGERY - University credits: 0
VET/10 - VETERINARY CLINICAL OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY - University credits: 0
Practicals: 64 hours
Diagnosis and prevention of genetic diseases in dogs and cats
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Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Polli Michele
Horse nutrition
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Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Agazzi Alessandro
New frontiers in pets nutrition
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Rossi Luciana
Nutritional innovation for the prevention of active aging
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Rossi Luciana