Training course 15: Veterinarian's role in evaluating farm animal welfare

A.Y. 2019/2020
8
Max ECTS
128
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/19 VET/03 VET/05 VET/06 VET/08 VET/09 VET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course will allow students to acquire the necessary knowledge to assess compliance of cattle farming systems and transport with European legislation and to assess cattle welfare on farm and during transport
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
The student must have acquired the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to recognize, describe and classify the most relevant behavioural and health indicators that can be correlated to the welfare of the animals.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
The student will be able to identify and classified behavioural and health indicators that are linked to welfare status of cattle in different rearing systems and during transport.
Autonomy of judgment
At the end of the course the student will have to show that he is able to interpret the result of welfare assessment using some behavioural and health indicators in an autonomous way.

Communication skills
The student will be able to draw up a report with animal-based indicator, possible correlations with animal welfare and probable causes.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Prerequisites for admission
Basic subjects
Animal husbandry
Anatomical pathology
Forensic medicine
Assessment methods and Criteria
Every part of the course ("modulo") provides for a practical exam that develop a grade. The final grade is the average of all grades.
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.
Welfare of farmed animals: regulatory principles, ethical issues and professional responsibilities
Course syllabus
- Current regulatory framework on livestock welfare: the main EU and national rules and policies and the main soft law instruments
- The legal categories to which animals belong
- Principles and limits of nonhuman animals' legal protection as sentient beings; new perspectives for the recognition of animal rights
- Animal ethics: main theories and approaches; ethical reflection on the relationship between humans and livestock animals
- Issues related to the veterinarian's professional liability
Teaching methods
Analysis of case studies
Teaching Resources
Educational material provided during the course
Animal welfare aspects of management in cattle and during transport
Course syllabus
- Animal behaviour as indicator of welfare
- Main behavioural indicators in cattle production
- Main health indicators in cattle production
- Link between welfare indicators and welfare status.
- Link between welfare indicators and housing and management issues
- Welfare during transport and risk factors.
Teaching methods
Case studies and exercise on animal welfare assessment with pictures and video demonstration. In field exercise on the use of animal-based indicators.
Teaching Resources
The presentations and teaching materials
Animal welfare aspects of management in pig production
Course syllabus
- Animal behaviour as indicator of welfare
- Main behavioural indicators in pig farming
- Main health indicators in pig farming
- Link between welfare indicators and welfare status.
- Link between welfare indicators and housing and management issues
- Behavioural and health indicators, with emphasis to the enforcement of the d.lgs. 122/2011.
Teaching methods
Case studies and exercise on animal welfare assessment with pictures and video demonstration. In field exercise on the use of animal-based indicators.
Teaching Resources
The presentations and teaching materials will be available
Welfare assessment at the slaughterhouse
Course syllabus
Lesions and animal welfare.
Lesions attributable to technopathies in animals for slaughter.
Traumatic lesions in slaughter animals.
Dating of lesions.
Transport related lesions.
Lesions related to slaughter procedures.
Forensic pathology and slaughter animals
Teaching methods
Practical training
Teaching Resources
Manuale di Ispezione e Controllo delle Carni - S. Stella, E. Scanziani, G. Ghisleni, IV ed. 2018, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano.
Animal welfare aspects of management in cattle and during transport
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Canali Elisabetta
Animal welfare aspects of management in pig production
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Barbieri Sara
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
Welfare assessment at the slaughterhouse
VET/03 - VETERINARY PATHOLOGY - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Stella Simone
Welfare of farmed animals: regulatory principles, ethical issues and professional responsibilities
VET/08 - VETERINARY CLINICAL MEDICINE - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Fossati Paola