A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
AGR/20 VET/01
Learning objectives
The course will consider the rearing systems of poultry excluded from intensive production and those related to birds reared for hunting and restocking; the anatomy of aquatic species and the aquaculture systems of cultured fish for enhancing stocks, with principles of inland water ecology; the rearing systems of lagomorphs. The main biological characteristics, the rearing cycles and related problems of the different genetic resources will be presented and discussed.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding. The student will acquire knowledge of the avifauna farming systems bred for hunting or repopulation purposes; knowledge of the anatomy of fish species; methods of reproduction and breeding of fish for the purpose of repopulation, with notions of ecology of inland waters; knowledge of lagomorphs breeding systems.
Applying knowledge and understanding. The student will acquire skills and abilities to manage avifauna farming, lagomorphs and fish species of conservation interest and will be able to correctly define and frame practical problems related to the reproduction and conservation of these animal species.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for a.y. 2021-22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Prerequisites for admission
No compulsory preparatory exams are required: basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology in avian species is a valid aid for understanding the contents.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an interview in which the students are asked to answer to questions demonstrating their subject knowledge. Questions will reflect the content of the lecture and exercise program. The purpose of the examination is to test knowledge of the subject and the extent to which skills have been acquired.
Poultry, fish and lagomorphs rearing
Course syllabus
The course aims to provide students with a theoretical-practical knowledge of bird breeding both for hunting and conservation purposes and gives basic notions on biology, behavior and management techniques of the main species (pheasant, partridge, quail, duck etc.). In addition, the course aim to provide students with a theoretical knowledge of free range and organic poultry production systems.
The part devoted to aquatic species teaches the basic principles of fish farming, stock enhancement and ecology of inland water. The following subjects are covered: lake environment and river environment; the aquatic fauna: native and exotic species; fish hatcheries; trout farming for restocking purposes; other salmonids farming for restocking purposes (whitefish, char, grayling); sturgeon and cyprinids farming; pike, perch and eel farming.
The part devoted to lagomorphs aims to impart the theoretical and practical notions related to the classification and morphology of the main breeds of rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and of hare (Lepus europeus). Furthermore, the course aims to provide the student with a theoretical-practical knowledge of the management of the rabbit and the hare raised for amateur and wildlife-hunting purposes, in comparison with intensive breeding, in compliance with current legislation relating to animal welfare.
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. In addition, technical visits to wild-life-hunting management companies, hatcheries and fish farms will be carried out. Sometimes, participation to conferences is foreseen.
Teaching Resources
The materials used for the lectures are available on the Ariel portal.
For the part relating to the lagomorphs, additional material consists of articles and reviews on topics relating to the Lepus and Oryctolagus genera are available on the teacher's website www.fabioluzi.it.
For a deeper knowledge of aquatic species the following book is recommended: Galassi S., Crosa G., Roberta B. Ecology of inland waters, Ed. CittàStudi.
Anatomy of fish
Course syllabus
The course aims to teach to the students the theoretical-practical notions and the fundamental concepts relating to the classification, morphology, anatomy, embryonic and larval development of fish species of interest, so that they can adequately follow the topics pertinent to the farming of aquatic species. The fish, while following an organizational model common to all vertebrates, have important specializations in relation to life in the aquatic environment, which must be known and correctly framed. The description of the morphological and anatomical aspects will be accompanied by an illustration of the functional considerations.
Teaching methods
Face-to-face lessons in the classroom also with the aid of 3D models for the study of the various anatomical apparatuses of the course.
Teaching Resources
The online course is active on the University's ARIEL portal.
Recommended text: Biology of fish, Bone and Moore (editors). Taylor and Francis Group, USA, UK (ISBN: 978 0 415 37562 7).
Anatomy of fish
VET/01 - VETERINARY ANATOMY - University credits: 2
Lessons: 16 hours
Poultry, fish and lagomorphs rearing
Practicals: 48 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
1 turno per tutti gli studenti
Professor: Marelli Stefano Paolo
2 turno per tutti gli studenti
Professor: Zaniboni Luisa
3 turno per tutti gli studenti
Professor: Moretti Vittorio Maria
Educational website(s)
By appointment
Lodi - Via dell'Università 6 - 26900 - Lodi (LO)