Training Course 03: Bovine Health Management

A.Y. 2019/2020
8
Max ECTS
128
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/18 VET/02 VET/03 VET/05 VET/06 VET/08 VET/09 VET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Trasmit theoretical and practical knowledges related to the principal aspects of the bovine veterinarian profession, also by professional visits to farms, discussion of data with the farmers and veterinarians in order to consolidate specific knowledge with practical experiences of herd health, reproductive and zootechnical management .
Expected learning outcomes
Acquisition of theoretical and practical knowledges related to the principal aspects of the bovine veterinarian profession, also by professional visits to farms, discussion of data with the farmers and veterinarians in order to consolidate specific knowledge with practical experiences of herd health, reproductive and zootechnical management .
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 the elective modules of the course there will be a presentation of a case study
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 defined as" of the first day "that the recent graduate must possess when looking at the world of work. The electronic logbook lists the practical skills that the student must acquire to satisfy what is indicated 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 implement on the case studies assigned.
Teaching methods
Practical work on visiting and hospitalized patients and on biological material provided for diagnostic purposes at the University 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 small animal hospital departments, in the Ruminant and Pig Clinic departments, in Horse Medicine 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.
Physiology of reproduction
Course syllabus
The thematic focuses of the program will concern analyzes of the aspects of reproductive functionality and efficiency and their direct and indirect modulation of udder development and functionality. The secretory activity of the mammary gland will be analyzed from a technical-scientific point of view during various typical phases of lactation and peculiarities of the biodiversity of colostrums and milks and their possible influences on the udder, digestive system and on the metabolic activity. The physiological, endocrinological, metabolic and managerial aspects that can influence resistance, resilience and animal welfare will be treated
Teaching methods
The course will be organized in a co-teaching system between teachers and students on closely related topics of Veterinary Physiology, Metabolism, Reproduction and Lactation Physiology, Physiology of Resistance and Resilience of farm animals in particular Ruminants with a finalization suited to clinic and animal husbandry. As part of the educational process, seminars, meetings and company visits with farm experts will also be planned in order to correlate the classic frontal teaching with the specific needs required by operators. At the end of the course, students will be able to integrate the new information provided with that assumed in the previous course years and all this will constitute a set of tools useful for any future professional activity
Teaching Resources
The didactic basis is made up of books that students have already used in their training. Slides and related articles will be made available in ARIEL.
Parasitic diseases
Course syllabus
The lectures will focus on bovine parasitosis control measures and practical activity on diagnostic methods
Teaching methods
The teaching will be provided through lectures and practices
Teaching Resources
Slides and Data of practical activities, available on the Ariel platform
Herd Health Management I
Course syllabus
Practical activities:
- Lab activities on microbiological diagnosis of bovine mastitis (4 hours)
- Computer Lab for management of herd health data (4hours)
- Visit to dairy farms in the field (8 hours)
Teaching methods
Lab and field practical activities in Commercial Diary Farms
Teaching Resources
Slides and Data of practical activities, available on the Ariel platform
Breeding and nutrition of cattle
Course syllabus
Lectures:
· Practical analysis of the main critical points of beef cattle rearing system (1h)
· How to find the main critical points e how to approach them to plan specific management strategies (1h)
· Nutritional and management strategies for critical phases (1h)
· Proper animal handling and use of practical tools to evaluate animal response to the different nutritional and management approaches: welfare assessment check list and feces sieving (1h)
Practical training:
· Farmer expectation, needs and how to interact with him (1h)
· Diet formulation and risk factor indicators (BCS, Fecal Score, Rumen fill, health status) (1h)
· Farm visits (10h):
· How to collect the proper information (animal observation, which info ask to the breeder)
· Practical animal handling
· Diet evaluation, critical points individuation and management
· How to make an effective report for the farmer
Teaching methods
Frontal teaching and field practical activities (practical rationing exercises, explanation of the farm visit end visit of commercial farms ).
Teaching Resources
Slides and Data of practical activities, available on the Ariel platform
Breeding and nutrition of cattle
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
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
Herd Health Management I
VET/05 - INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Bronzo Valerio
Parasitic diseases
VET/06 - PARASITOLOGY AND ANIMAL PARASITIC DISEASES - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Physiology of reproduction
VET/02 - VETERINARY PHYSIOLOGY - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Vigo Daniele