Wildlife management II

A.Y. 2019/2020
0.008
Max ECTS
0.112
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/17 AGR/19 VET/03 VET/05 VET/06 VET/07 VET/08 VET/09 VET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The teaching activity, divided in three modules, aims to develop the knowledge of the student in different aspects of the management and the conservation of free ranging wildlife populations. The three modules are addressed to: general principles of conservation genetics, basic knowledge for the demographic management of populations, contaminants of emerging concern and poisonings in wildlife. Class teaching, class exercises and field activities contribute to the learning objectives. 
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding of some principles of wildlife management.  Applying genetic, management and toxicology knowledge to simple real and simulated cases.
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.
For the elective modules of the course there will be a single written examination. The final grade is the average of the grades obtained in the three teaching units.
Conservation principles
Course syllabus
Lectures
Biodiversity: values, conservation strategies, national and international policies (3 hrs.);
Genetic and demographic management of small populations (4 hrs.);
Bioethics and wildlife management (1 hr.);

Group activities/exercises
Genetic variation and animal introductions (3 hrs.);
Genetic and demographic management of small populations (3 hrs.);
Bioethics and wildlife management (2 hr.);
Teaching methods
Lectures and group activities/exercises in class
Teaching Resources
Didactic material is available on ARIEL https://ggandinipc.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
Principles of wildlife management
Course syllabus
Evaluation of sex and age classes in wild ungulates (4 hours)
· Age estimation on the basis of horns/antlers and teeth wear (4 hours)
· Identification of signs of presence of wild ungulates in the field (4 hours)
· Simulation of census activities (4 hours)
Teaching methods
Practical exercises for the identification of sex and age classes from photos and videos, and for age estimation of culled animals through the analysis of trophies and mandibles; field trip, aimed at putting into practice the recognition of the various species, sex and age classes of wild ungulates and the implementation of census methods and of identification of signs of presence.
Teaching Resources
SLIDES AND SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON THE ARIEL PLATFORM OF THE COURSE:
Banca Dati Ungulati (ISPRA)
Monitoraggio di Uccelli e Mammiferi in Lombardia
Linee guida per la gestione degli ungulati (ISPRA)
Linee guida per la gestione del cinghiale
Guida al rilevamento biometrico degli ungulati

WEB SITES:
ISPRA: http://www.isprambiente.gov.it/it/pubblicazioni

BOOKS FOR FURTHER READING:
Mustoni A., Pedrotti L., Zanon E., Tosi G. (2002) Ungulati delle Alpi. Nitida Immagine Editrice, Trento
Mattiello S., Mazzarone V. (2010) Il cervo in Italia, biologia e gestione tra Alpi e Appennini. Ed. Geographica s.r.l., Teggiano (SA) (http://www.geographicasrl.it).
Massei G., Genov P. (2000). Il cinghiale. Calderini, Edizioni Edagricole, Bologna
Contaminants and toxicological effects in wildlife
Course syllabus
Poisonings in wildlife: epidemiological studies, videocoferencing, case reports (4 hours)
Contaminants of emerging concern in wildlife: in vitro models for endocrine disruptors (4 hours)
Methods for detection of contaminants: ELISA test (4 hours)
Ecotoxicity with in vitro models (4 hours)
Teaching methods
Laboratory activities.
Teaching Resources
Didactic material is available on ARIEL http://fcalonicetf.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v3/home/Default.aspx
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.
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
Conservation principles
AGR/17 - LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS, ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS - University credits: 2
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Gandini Gustavo
Contaminants and toxicological effects in wildlife
VET/07 - VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Caloni Francesca
Principles of wildlife management
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Mattiello Silvana