Pathophysiology of wild animals

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The objective of the course is to provide useful information to better understand pathophisiology of wild animals with a special focus on the causes of diseases and on some peculiar conditions such as antropic stress, capture, starvation and hybernation. The course is also aimed to deepen the possible use of laboratory tests for monitoring wild animal.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student should know the aspects that may predispose to the onset of diseases in wild animals, mainly in some peculiar physiologic conditions, and should know how these disease could be monitored using a laboratory approach.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
In case of emergency phase the lectures won't be varied but it will be made via Microsoft Teams sinchronous lectures. Practical part, aimed to face different experience in the field of managemente of wild animals will be substitited with online seminars with different professionals in the field. Diadactic material wont' be changed and the fianl exam will be substituted with an oral or written examination via Teams.
Course syllabus
General etiology with particular interest for wild animals: Effects of temperature, traumatic lesions, chemicals, alimentary, parasites, bacteria, viruses, ereditary causes (4 h)
Stress: definition and pathogenesis , acute and chronic stress, freezing behaviour, antropic stress (4h)
Capture, methods and effects on metabolism, shock, capture myopaty (2h)
Starvation (2h)
Termoregulation and hybernation. Pathophysiology and related diseases (2h)
Use of laboratory tests in wild animals. Preanalytical biases, differences among species, seasons, functional perido in major laboratory tests. (2h)
Prerequisites for admission
Students should have fundamentals of comparative general pathology, pathophysiology and infectious diseases
Teaching methods
The course is composed by some theoric lectures on topics of pathophysiology of wild animals, some laboratory experiences mainly focused on the possible use of laboratory tests for monitoring wild animlas and some didactic in field experiences to deepen what learned in theory
Teaching Resources
Slides projected during lectures and some articles useful for personal reading will be provided on Ariel platform
Assessment methods and Criteria
The evaluation of learning consists in a written exam composed by short answers or multiple choice questions in which the skill of facing issues about pathophysiology of domestic animals will be evaluated.
VET/03 - VETERINARY PATHOLOGY - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Comazzi Stefano