Training course 10: Small animal internal and behavioural medicine

A.Y. 2020/2021
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 students will complete their training on day-one competences in the clinical-diagnostic field, by means of a rotation in the different operating units of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the students will have acquired the main practical skills required in basic hospital activities, carried out in the various operating units of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and should be able to evaluate clinical and diagnostic information related to the clinical cases addressed, in order to make a diagnosis and to set an adequate therapeutic plan. The student will be able to interact and communicate correctly with the patient's owner
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Should a change in the teaching methods be necessary, due to an emergency, we offer: elective courses and lessons in streaming
The student's evaluation will be carried out considering the interest shown, participation in the discussion and attendance at the proposed activities
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 an overall evaluation based on the achievement of the training objectives of each module
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 competencies shown in the electronic logbook which from time to time it will be appropriate to apply on patients and case studies assigned.
Teaching methods
Lavoro pratico sui pazienti in visita e ricoverati e sul materiale biologico conferito a scopo diagnostico all'Ospedale Veterinario Universitario. Il lavoro sarà svolto dagli studenti singolarmente o in gruppo sotto la diretta guida dei docenti. Tutti gli studenti svolgeranno attività nei reparti dell'Ospedale piccoli animali, dei reparti di Clinica dei Ruminanti e del Suino, di Medicina del Cavallo e nelle strutture dei servizi diagnostici.
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
Cardiology
Course syllabus
Anamnesis and acquisition of the correct approach to the animal with suspected heart disease and to the owner of this patient
Physical examination of the cardiovascular system: auscultation and recognition of normal heart tones and murmur
Pressure measurement with Doppler method
Diagnostic hypothesis and choice of the instrumental diagnostic pathway
Identification of the most common congenital and acquired heart diseases in dogs and cats
Therapeutic choices
Teaching methods
Clinical activity will be completely practical on patients affected by congenital or acquired heart diseases. Any concerning reference of anatomy, physiology, physiopathology, and therapy will be provided during the clinical practice. The student will be required to demonstrate the acquisition of appropriate terminology, and the ability to interact with colleagues and owners
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
Radio-tomographic Diagnostic Techniques
Course syllabus
The program will change according to the clinical cases admitted to a radio tomographic diagnostic investigation
Teaching methods
Indications and interpretation of radio-tomographic investigations
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
Microbiology
Course syllabus
Vaccinations in veterinary medicine; who can vaccinate; herd immunity

World guidelines for the vaccination of the dog and cat; core and non-core vaccines; duration of vaccine prophylaxis; what affects the effectiveness of a vaccine

Vaccinations in puppy and kitten; vaccinations in an adult animal; vaccinations in the elderly
Teaching methods
Theoretical teaching is provided using slides and discussion of clinical cases
Teaching Resources
Poli G., Dall'Ara P., Martino P.A., Rosati (2017): Microbiologia e immunologia veterinaria. 3a edizione, EDRA

Greene C.E. (2012): Infectious diseases of the dog and cat. 4th ed., Elsevier

Slides of the course on Ariel platform

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) (2016): 2015 Guidelines for the vaccination of dogs and cats. Webpage: http://www.wsava.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines
Behavioural medicine
Course syllabus
Analysis and evaluation of dog and cat behavior. The most frequent behavioral disorders in dogs and cats. Learning methods and Interventions for behavior modification.
Teaching methods
Theoretical and practical lessons
Teaching Resources
No specific reference material is foreseen. Concerning the activities carried out from time to time, students may be asked to research and discuss scientific literature on specific cases observed
Behavioural medicine
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Palestrini Clara
Cardiology
VET/08 - VETERINARY CLINICAL MEDICINE - 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
Microbiology
VET/05 - INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Martino Piera Anna
Radio-tomographic Diagnostic Techniques
VET/09 - VETERINARY CLINICAL SURGERY - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours