Elements of Stables Building and Technologies for Animal Management

A.Y. 2023/2024
Overall hours
AGR/09 AGR/10
Learning objectives
The purpose of the course is to provide the basic notions for the construction of animal houses in relation to climatic and space requirements, in respect of animal health and welfare, and to provide knowledge of the technologies applicable to companion animals.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will be able to evaluate the quality of the facilities and apply the most suitable technologies for the management of companion animals, with a view to animal health and welfare, in line with current legislation.
Single course

This course can be attended as a single course.

Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Animal welfare, stereotypes, environmental parameters and their measurement. 3 hours
- Breeding phases according to the use of the horse. Equestrian center design, the stable. 2 hours
- Equipment inside the pits, feeder-drinkers-types of litter. Paddock, pasture. 3 hours
- Covered and uncovered riding arena, round pen, types of obstacles. 3 hours
- Premises and annexed equipment: Carousel-swimming pool-treadmill, Saddlery-shower-farriery-food storage-infirmary-dungpit. 3 hours
- Grooming & necessary tools. 3 hours
- Horse transport. 3 hours
- Kennels and catteries: the design and plant engineering criteria as a function of animal welfare, air quality (ventilation) and hygiene. ( disinfection) 4 hours
- Pets and the application of precision technology and sensors 3 hours
- Sensors (acoustic, chemical, electrical, mechanical, location, optical, imaging, light, pressure, temperature and cameras) 4 hours
- Sensors and automated monitoring in companion animals (pets and horses): industry background, economic and population data, issues in the pet industry 5 hours
- Sensors used, physiological measurement methods, behavioral measurement methods, acoustic sensors. 3 hours
- Future developments in pet technology. 1 hour

- Stable sizing exercise. 1 hour
- Building heat balance, calculation of the global heat transfer coefficient (U). 4 hours
- Exercise for storing food and litter; Manure storage sizing exercise. 3 hours
- Exercises on the calculation of the air changes in the rooms for the pet 3 hours
- Practical examples of sensor operation and related application in the monitoring system) 3 hours
- Data Science exercises ( odelling) 2 hours
Prerequisites for admission
Basic physics knowledge required by Prof.ssa Costa
Teaching methods
-Classroom lectures
-Classroom practice (individual or in team)
-Practice on farm, if possible
Teaching Resources
Slides and scientific papers will be available on Ariel site of the course "Elements of constructions and technologies for animal management"
Moreover books as R. Chiumenti - Costruzioni Rurali - Edizioni Edagricole
Precision technology and sensor applications for livestock farming and companion animals. 2021. EditorE. Van Erp-Van der Kooij. eISBN: 978-90-8686-917-6 | ISBN: 978-90-8686-364-8, https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-917-6
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of a written test. For the written test, n.20 questions (multiple choice), covering the whole course program, as present in the reference material.
- Exam methods: written exam
- Type of test: written test with closed and open answers
- Duration of the test: The time given to take the written test is n. 60 minutes.
- Evaluation parameters: for each correct answer to the multiple choice questions (20 in total, 10 for the two parts of the course, i.e. horses and small animals) correspond 1.5 points, for as regards the evaluation of the open answers, the following elements of judgment are adopted: knowledge of the topics; clarity and use of subject terminology)
- Type of evaluation used: mark out of thirty
There are no intermediate tests.
There are no differentiated verification methods between attending and non-attending students.
Method of communication of test results, in case of written tests: via SIFA
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours