Animal Welfare Legislation

A.Y. 2024/2025
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at understanding the principles and purposes of international, European, national, and regional legislation concerning animal health and welfare, as well as auxiliary activities in veterinary facilities, identified and permitted by Italian law.
The course includes an introduction to the basic principles of positive law, useful for understanding the fundamental criteria of special legislation, as well as evaluating the applicability and effectiveness in practical terms of the same legislative provisions.
Specific subjects covered in the course include provisions of international organizations, EU regulations, and national legislation concerning animal health and welfare, including rules on animal cruelty, with reference to companion animals and equines, in order to provide operators who breed or care for animals with valuable support and specific professional skills.
Also subject to in-depth analysis are the professional skills related to professional figures in veterinary facilities, who assist the veterinarian as 'auxiliaries', legislation on veterinary drugs, dietary foods, and feed labeling.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
· Draft and manage a biosafety plan in companion animal and equine establishments or directly manage such establishments, respecting ethical principles in compliance with learned sector regulations
· Act professionally and competently in the management and protection of companion animals, equines, as well as non-conventional animals
· Properly engage and interact with operators, veterinarians, and competent authorities responsible for official controls
· As support in veterinary facilities, act professionally while respecting the exercise of duties and with competence in accordance with the professional activities of the veterinarian
Single course

This course cannot be attended as a single course. Please check our list of single courses to find the ones available for enrolment.

Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
VET/08 - VETERINARY CLINICAL MEDICINE - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Ruffo Giancarlo
Professor: Ruffo Giancarlo