Training course 06: Genetics and management of companion animals

A.Y. 2020/2021
8
Max ECTS
128
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/17 AGR/18 AGR/19 AGR/20 VET/03 VET/05 VET/06 VET/08 VET/09 VET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of this course is to provide the practical knowledge that are needed for the management and feed of companion animals, in order to meet the needs of the customers of a clinical vet. The focus will be on dogs and cats mainly, but also on rodents and birds. Further attention will be given to the prevention of genetically transmitted diseases. Another important theme concerns the pathogenic and clinical aspects of diseases dealing with metabolism and feed, to develop specific diets to prevent them and to identify the best diet as therapeutic support. Furthermore, unconventional but widespread species will be treated. We will visit also breeding and productive facilities
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
-managing hereditary disorders with breeding programs
-monitoring of morphological characters useful in breeding programs
-knowledge of a proper formulation of industrial and homemade dietary plans for dogs and cats 
-management of the main species belonging to NAC (new pet animals: rodents and lagomorphs)

To be able to apply knowledge to:
-read the results of pedigree and select purebred breeding
-develop specific diets as therapeutic support for dogs and cats
-understand pet food labels and because of the new tendencies in the food market
-evaluate the behavior of the small pets and the environmental enrichments used in the normal breeding routine

Communication skills:
-the students must be able to correctly use the specific scientific terminology
Learning skills:
-developing an ability of learning related to the professional context
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
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
Companion animals' morphological evaluation, selection and husbandry
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Polli Michele
Companion animals' nutrition and dietary management
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Rossi Luciana
Genetic pathologies and their prevention
AGR/17 - LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS, ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Polli Michele
Small pets
AGR/20 - AQUACULTURE, POULTRY AND RABBIT SCIENCE - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Luzi Fabio