Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-9 - Pharmaceutical, veterinary and medical biotechnologies
Master programme
120
ECTS
Access
Open with entry requirements examination
2
Years
Course location
Lodi
Language
Italian

The master degree in Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences provides graduates with an advanced grasp of scientific methodology, and the competences required to coordinate national and international study and research projects, in compliance with the regulations currently in force and with ethical and bioethical considerations.

In particular, they possess in-depth specialist knowledge of the biotechnological sectors related to veterinary medicine, particularly in the following sectors:

  • animal nutrition and food safety;
  • animal pathology;
  • diagnostics;
  • microbiology and veterinary immunology;
  • infectious and parasitic diseases;
  • zoonosis;
  • veterinary toxicology and pharmacology;
  • animal production and reproduction;
  • genetic improvement and the conservation of biodiversity;
  • the development and use of animal models for biomedical studies;
  • regulations connected with the sectors associated with veterinary biotechnologies.

Graduates from the master degree programme in Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences can pursue careers in the following professional spheres. Scientific research and technological development in:

  • public and private universities;
  • public facilities (the National Health Institute, the National Research Council (CNR), the National Environment Agency, Experimental Veterinary Preventive Medicine Institutes, Research Institutes);
  • the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnological industries;
  • the food, food processing and fodder industries;
  • public and private pre-clinical research facilities in the medical and veterinary fields;
  • the management of quality control;
  •  clinical monitoring activities;
  • regulation, management and biotechnological corporate creation procedures in the public and private spheres.

Graduates can assume managerial and consulting roles in the following fields:

  • therapeutic, with particular reference to the development and trial of innovative products with therapeutic capacities for animal pathology and the use of animal models for biomedical studies and cellular therapy;
  • patent design and production in the health field;
  • diagnostics, through the management of molecular analysis technologies and cellular biotechnologies applied to the health and environment fields;
  • animal reproduction, for the preservation of animal biodiversity and species at risk of extinction;
  • quality control for foods of animal origin in the food industry;
  • quality control for fodder and products in the fodder industry;
  • technological research and design for the selection and management of animal species;
  • genetic variability and animal husbandry control in relation to the preservation of biodiversity;
  • the design and development of biotechnologies with clinical and therapeutic uses in a multidisciplinary context;
  • technical and scientific pharmaceutical information;
  • the valuation and control of environmental security.

Application and admission: Open with entry requirements examination. How to apply.

English language

Students must have level B2 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B2 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December.

Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

The degree programme in Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences allows you to spend a study / internship period abroad under Erasmus+ bilateral agreements or through collaboration projects started by individual teachers.

The Erasmus+ offer includes internships at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, in Spain, the University of Ljubljiana, in Slovenia, the University of Bonn, in Germany, the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, the University of Rijeka, Croatia, and the University of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, for up to 12 months.

You can combine university courses with your thesis internship, following a specific agreement with the internship tutor. The fields of study essentially cover the application of biotechnology to animal production and to veterinary pathology and immunology. Exams are recognized under the learning agreement provided for in the Erasmus+ bilateral agreements.

The internship abroad is regulated by ad-hoc agreements stipulated by the University of Milan, and is usually activated in the context of individual collaborations between the degree programme teachers and researchers of foreign institutes. The internship abroad is funded through scholarships granted by the University of Milan or by the Erasmus+ Traineeship programme, which can be accessed through a public competition.

Recommended, not mandatory

Courses list

First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Cellular communication and signal transduction 10 78 Italian BIO/09 BIO/10
- Cellular communication and endocrine function4
- Protein engineering and biochemistry of the signal transduction6
Molecular Microbiology 10 78 Italian BIO/19 MED/04 MED/07
- Unit: Experimental Pathology4
- Unita' didattica: Aspetti molecolari dell'interazione microrganismo-ospite3
- Unita' didattica: Basi molecolari della patogenicità microbica3
Omics 10 66 Italian BIO/10 BIO/18
- Unita' didattica: Introduzione alla genomica3
- Unita' didattica: Proteomica7
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Anatomical bases and molecular networks in the Central Nervous system and its pathologies 8 60 English VET/01 VET/03
- Unit: Molecular pathology of the CNS3
- Unit: Morphology and Function of the CNS5
Biotechnologies:experimental models in research 12 102 English AGR/18 AGR/20 VET/07
- Unit: Alternative methods in Toxicology4
- Unit: Cell culture5
- Unit: Wellbeing and care of laboratory animals3
Ethiopathogenesis of hereditary and parasitic diseases 6 48 English AGR/17 VET/06
- Unit: Genomic analysis of inherited diseases3
- Unit: Molecular pathology of parasitic diseases3
Molecular epidemiology 5 36 Italian VET/05
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biotechnology of reproduction 6 54 Italian VET/10
Cellular regeneration techniques 7 48 Italian VET/01
- Unita' didattica: Embriologia molecolare, dalla cellula all'apparato 3
- Unita' didattica: Medicina rigenerativa: principi biologici e procedure di laboratorio 4
Functional genomics and the molecular basis of differentiation 8 66 English AGR/17 VET/06
- Unit: Genomics and epigenetics in vertebrates4
- Unit: Genomics and molecular basis of differentiation in model invertebrate organisms and pathogens4
In Vitro Model Technologies 5 54 Italian VET/02 VET/07
- Unita' didattica: Fisiologia e veicolazione di sistemi cellulari/tessutali2
- Unita' didattica: Tossicologia e modelli in vitro3
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Biobanking 8 48 English VET/09 VET/10
- Unit: Cryobiology for fertility preservation3
- Unit: Homograft and ogan banking 22
- Unit: Homograft and organ banking 13
Biomarkers and immunoassays in animal health and nutrition 8 48 Italian AGR/18 BIO/10 VET/05
- Unit: Biomarkers in animal nutrition2
- Unit: From pathway analysis to biomarker discovery2
- Unit: The workflow from development to implementation and applications of immunoassays in veterinary diagnostics4
Biotechnological diagnostic tools into the clinical medicine of dog 8 48 English BIO/12 VET/01 VET/08
- Unit: Biochemical markers in disease diagnostic2
- Unit: Diagnostic workup in the clinical practice3
- Unit: Morphological and molecular markers of disease3
From 3D-culture and 3D-printing to organoids 8 48 English AGR/18 VET/01 VET/09
- Unit: 3 D approach to cell culture3
- Unit: 3 D bioprinting and practicals2
- Unit: Cell interaction and organoids3
Imaging techniques in bio-medical research 8 48 English BIO/10 VET/01
- Unit: Image analysis of cells and tissue4
- Unit: MALDI imaging2
- Unit: Molecular imaging2
Molecular and immunological interactions in parasitology 8 48 English BIO/10 VET/06
- Unit: Biochemical bases in host-parasite interactions2
- Unit: Immunological interactions and applied immunology in parasitology3
- Unit: Molecular patterns in host-parasite co-evolution3
Molecular pathology and parasitology 8 48 English VET/03 VET/06
- Unit: Animal models and parasitic diseases2
- Unit: Molecular oncology3
- Unit: Pathophysilogy3
Nanomaterials: applications and effects 8 48 English VET/02 VET/05 VET/07
- Unit: Nanomaterials in tissue engineering2
- Unit: Nanomicrobiology: apllications to biomedicine3
- Unit: Nanotoxicology: effects of nonomaterials and nanoparticles3
Vaccinology 8 48 Italian AGR/18 VET/05
- Unit: Innovative vaccine development and production3
- Unit: Plant-based prduction of oral vaccines2
- Unit: Practical aspects of vaccinology3
Not specified period
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Biotechnologies for innovation and sustainability of animal health and production 8 48 English AGR/18 VET/06 VET/07
- Unit: Biotechnological tools for parasite challenge in the changing environment2
- Unit: Biotechnology applied to innovative therapy3
- Unit: Upgrading feed sustainability through biotechnologies3
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final examination 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- In the II year, integrated courses will be activated courses (eight credits) aimed to offer students the opportunity to further deepen preparation in specific areas of Biotechnological Veterinary Sciences and can be chosen by the students. The acquisition of the eight CFU is subject to passing the related tests by the students, with the vote of thirty.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biobanking 8 48 English Second semester VET/09 VET/10
Biomarkers and immunoassays in animal health and nutrition 8 48 Italian Second semester AGR/18 BIO/10 VET/05
Biotechnological diagnostic tools into the clinical medicine of dog 8 48 English Second semester BIO/12 VET/01 VET/08
From 3D-culture and 3D-printing to organoids 8 48 English Second semester AGR/18 VET/01 VET/09
Imaging techniques in bio-medical research 8 48 English Second semester BIO/10 VET/01
Molecular and immunological interactions in parasitology 8 48 English Second semester BIO/10 VET/06
Molecular pathology and parasitology 8 48 English Second semester VET/03 VET/06
Nanomaterials: applications and effects 8 48 English Second semester VET/02 VET/05 VET/07
Vaccinology 8 48 Italian Second semester AGR/18 VET/05
Biotechnologies for innovation and sustainability of animal health and production 8 48 English AGR/18 VET/06 VET/07
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
English proficiency B2 (2 ECTS) 2 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- MANDATORY ACTIVITIES COMMON TO ALL CURRICULA.

The student has to obtein 4 cfu as indicated below:
- n. 2 cfu for further training activities related to stage, orientation
- n. 2 cfu for further languages skills
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
English proficiency B2 (2 ECTS) 2 0 Italian Undefined
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Cellular communication and signal transduction 10 78 Italian BIO/09 BIO/10
- Cellular communication and endocrine function4
- Protein engineering and biochemistry of the signal transduction6
Molecular Microbiology 10 78 Italian BIO/19 MED/04 MED/07
- Unit: Experimental Pathology4
- Unita' didattica: Aspetti molecolari dell'interazione microrganismo-ospite3
- Unita' didattica: Basi molecolari della patogenicità microbica3
Omics 10 66 Italian BIO/10 BIO/18
- Unita' didattica: Introduzione alla genomica3
- Unita' didattica: Proteomica7
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Anatomical bases and molecular networks in the Central Nervous system and its pathologies 8 60 English VET/01 VET/03
- Unit: Molecular pathology of the CNS3
- Unit: Morphology and Function of the CNS5
Biotechnologies:experimental models in research 12 102 English AGR/18 AGR/20 VET/07
- Unit: Alternative methods in Toxicology4
- Unit: Cell culture5
- Unit: Wellbeing and care of laboratory animals3
Ethiopathogenesis of hereditary and parasitic diseases 6 48 English AGR/17 VET/06
- Unit: Genomic analysis of inherited diseases3
- Unit: Molecular pathology of parasitic diseases3
Molecular epidemiology 5 36 Italian VET/05
Undefined
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
English proficiency B2 (2 ECTS) 2 0 Italian
First semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Biotechnology applied to animal health and production 5 36 Italian AGR/19
- Unita' didattica: Markers di stress ossidativo nel benessere animale2
- Unita' didattica: Metodologie molecolari applicate alle produzioni animali3
Experimental Nutrition 5 42 Italian AGR/18
Molecular Virology 8 66 English VET/03 VET/05
- Unit: Molecular Basis of Virology5
- Unit: Molecular pathogenesis of viral diseases3
Research strategies and methodologies applied to disease study and control 8 66 Italian VET/05 VET/06
- Unita' didattica: Biotecnologie avanzate in parassitologia5
- Unita' didattica: Modelli murini e cellulari geneticamente modificati3
Second semester
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Biobanking 8 48 English VET/09 VET/10
- Unit: Cryobiology for fertility preservation3
- Unit: Homograft and ogan banking 22
- Unit: Homograft and organ banking 13
Biomarkers and immunoassays in animal health and nutrition 8 48 Italian AGR/18 BIO/10 VET/05
- Unit: Biomarkers in animal nutrition2
- Unit: From pathway analysis to biomarker discovery2
- Unit: The workflow from development to implementation and applications of immunoassays in veterinary diagnostics4
Biotechnological diagnostic tools into the clinical medicine of dog 8 48 English BIO/12 VET/01 VET/08
- Unit: Biochemical markers in disease diagnostic2
- Unit: Diagnostic workup in the clinical practice3
- Unit: Morphological and molecular markers of disease3
From 3D-culture and 3D-printing to organoids 8 48 English AGR/18 VET/01 VET/09
- Unit: 3 D approach to cell culture3
- Unit: 3 D bioprinting and practicals2
- Unit: Cell interaction and organoids3
Imaging techniques in bio-medical research 8 48 English BIO/10 VET/01
- Unit: Image analysis of cells and tissue4
- Unit: MALDI imaging2
- Unit: Molecular imaging2
Molecular and immunological interactions in parasitology 8 48 English BIO/10 VET/06
- Unit: Biochemical bases in host-parasite interactions2
- Unit: Immunological interactions and applied immunology in parasitology3
- Unit: Molecular patterns in host-parasite co-evolution3
Molecular pathology and parasitology 8 48 English VET/03 VET/06
- Unit: Animal models and parasitic diseases2
- Unit: Molecular oncology3
- Unit: Pathophysilogy3
Nanomaterials: applications and effects 8 48 English VET/02 VET/05 VET/07
- Unit: Nanomaterials in tissue engineering2
- Unit: Nanomicrobiology: apllications to biomedicine3
- Unit: Nanotoxicology: effects of nonomaterials and nanoparticles3
Vaccinology 8 48 Italian AGR/18 VET/05
- Unit: Innovative vaccine development and production3
- Unit: Plant-based prduction of oral vaccines2
- Unit: Practical aspects of vaccinology3
Not specified period
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Optional
Biotechnologies for innovation and sustainability of animal health and production 8 48 English AGR/18 VET/06 VET/07
- Unit: Biotechnological tools for parasite challenge in the changing environment2
- Unit: Biotechnology applied to innovative therapy3
- Unit: Upgrading feed sustainability through biotechnologies3
Conclusive activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language SSD
Compulsory
Final examination 21 0 Italian
Study plan rules
- In the II year, integrated courses will be activated courses (eight credits) aimed to offer students the opportunity to further deepen preparation in specific areas of Biotechnological Veterinary Sciences and can be chosen by the students. The acquisition of the eight CFU is subject to passing the related tests by the students, with the vote of thirty.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Biobanking 8 48 English Second semester VET/09 VET/10
Biomarkers and immunoassays in animal health and nutrition 8 48 Italian Second semester AGR/18 BIO/10 VET/05
Biotechnological diagnostic tools into the clinical medicine of dog 8 48 English Second semester BIO/12 VET/01 VET/08
From 3D-culture and 3D-printing to organoids 8 48 English Second semester AGR/18 VET/01 VET/09
Imaging techniques in bio-medical research 8 48 English Second semester BIO/10 VET/01
Molecular and immunological interactions in parasitology 8 48 English Second semester BIO/10 VET/06
Molecular pathology and parasitology 8 48 English Second semester VET/03 VET/06
Nanomaterials: applications and effects 8 48 English Second semester VET/02 VET/05 VET/07
Vaccinology 8 48 Italian Second semester AGR/18 VET/05
Biotechnologies for innovation and sustainability of animal health and production 8 48 English AGR/18 VET/06 VET/07
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