Biosecurity and management

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
AGR/18 VET/05 VET/06
Learning objectives
To provide knowledge on all measures, policies and procedures to minimise potential health risks for poultry and rabbit farming. To provide knowledge on the main procedures for the prevention, control and eradication of infectious diseases in poultry farming. Provide the main procedures for individual biosecurity. Provide knowledge to prevent the entry of pathogens and their spread in the farm. To provide knowledge on vaccination, antimicrobial and diagnostic approaches for infection prevention and control. Provide expertise for the implementation and management of biosecurity plans for poultry and rabbit farms; assessment of biosecurity plans and implementation of preventive and corrective protocols including nutritional, immune and parasitic aspects.
Expected learning outcomes
The student must demonstrate that he/she knows and knows how to apply the main personal and business biosecurity procedures to be applied in the poultry and rabbit farm. They must also be able to assess biosecurity plans and apply preventive and corrective protocols in different types of poultry farming.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
In the event of a Covid 19 emergency situation, the teaching will be administered synchronously online using the Teams program the lessons will be uploaded in .pdf format in Ariel; some lessons may take place asynchronously with video lessons uploaded to Ariel. The same procedure will be used for practical lessons. The exam will be held orally or on Teams or in person depending on the evolution of the health situation.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of cell biology and microbiology; basic chemistry and biochemistry skills
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination with evaluation of experimental projects and discussion of the topics covered during the course
Course syllabus
Frontal lessons
Immunonutrition: basics and general aspects (1 hour)
Prohibition of antimicrobials for auxinic use: causes, effects and possibilities of substitution (1 hour)
Immune system recalls (2 hours)
Linoleic Acid Conjugates (CLA) (2 hours)
Fatty acids series ω-3 (2 hours)
Amino Acids and Nucleotides (2 hours)
Fiber, prebiotics and probiotics (2 hours)
Natural Extracts - Vitamins and Microelements (2 hours)
Applications in human nutrition (2 hours)

Practical training
Identification of specific products on the market - Internet search, Trade journals (4 hours)
Visit to sector events (4 hours)
Individual analysis of the characteristics of a commercial product and drawing up a report on a specific product in a species of the student's choice (8 hours).
Teaching methods
Frontal Lessons
Educational visits to industry events
Exercise activity in the computer room
Teaching Resources
Didactic material on Ariel's website
Biosecurity of poultry and rabbit farms
Course syllabus
Basic knowledge of Biosafety
- general concepts of biosafety and risk factors
- personal protective equipment and biohazard
- biosecurity in poultry farming
- biosecurity in rabbit breeding
- cleaning and disinfection of farms and means of transport
- official controls and biosafety prevention plans
Microorganisms as pathogens
- pathogenicity factors
- parasite host interaction
- general concepts of infection prevention and control
- factors affecting the transmission and spread of the infection
- vaccines and vaccinations in poultry farms
- vaccines and vaccinations in rabbit farms
¬- antimicrobials and chemotherapy management and use
- antimicrobial resistance
- main infectious diseases in poultry and rabbit farms

Practical training: development of a company biosafety plan; frequency of microbiology and pathology laboratories with references to biology, physiology and diagnostics; participation in scientific conferences, round tables and sector events;
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures and use of televoter. Seminars and round tables; participation in workshops. Training in laboratories; visits to the farms; participation in events and conferences in the sector.
Teaching Resources
Material (publications, presentations, diagrams and protocols) provided or indicated by the teacher.
Recommended book: Dewulf J., Van Immerseel F., "Biosecurity in animal production and veterinary medicine. From principle to practice". Acco ed., 2018.
Parasitology and biosafety
Course syllabus
The lectures will focus on:
Host-parasite relationship
Parasitic diseases of bred animals (ruminants and pigs): eziology, life cycle, epidemiology, impact on productions and on welfare
Measures to control and prevent parasitic diseases
Parasitic zoonosis: eziology, life cycle, epidemiology, control
Practices will focus on:
Identification of the most important parasites/parasitic diseases of bred animals (in lab)
The seminars will focus on laboratory diagnosis
Teaching methods
The teaching will be provided through lectures, laboratory exercises and seminars
Teaching Resources
Files distributed and updated annually by the teacher.
Reference books: Taylor M.A., Coop R.L, Wall R.L. "Parassitologia e Malattie parassitarie degli Animali", I Ediz Italiana, 2010, EMSI ROMA, ediz italiana a cura di Garippa G, Manfredi MT, Otranto D.
Biosecurity of poultry and rabbit farms
Practicals: 32 hours
Lessons: 48 hours
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Rossi Raffaella
Parasitology and biosafety
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours