Nutrition for prevention and longevity

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
8
Max ECTS
128
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/17 AGR/18 VET/03 VET/05 VET/06 VET/08 VET/09 VET/10
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course objectives of nutrition, prevention and longevity are to provide the student all the necessary topics to assure good practices in animal management related to the nutritional plans adopted and prevent specific pathologies by the use of innovative feeds and bioactive molecules together with specific and new diagnostic tools able to improve the life quality and longevity of the animals.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
Clinical Rotation
VET/03 - VETERINARY PATHOLOGY - University credits: 0
VET/05 - INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS - University credits: 0
VET/06 - PARASITOLOGY AND ANIMAL PARASITIC DISEASES - University credits: 0
VET/08 - VETERINARY CLINICAL MEDICINE - University credits: 0
VET/09 - VETERINARY CLINICAL SURGERY - University credits: 0
VET/10 - VETERINARY CLINICAL OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY - University credits: 0
Practicals: 64 hours
Diagnosis and prevention of genetic diseases in dogs and cats
AGR/17 - LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS, ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Polli Michele
Horse nutrition
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Agazzi Alessandro
New frontiers in pets nutrition
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Rossi Luciana
Nutritional innovation for the prevention of active aging
AGR/18 - ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING - University credits: 1
Practicals: 16 hours
Professor: Rossi Luciana
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Nutritional innovation for the prevention of active aging
Syllabus
Modern nutrition science and the European Union have been oriented towards a radical transformation of the concept of nutrition: foods, in addition to their nutritional and sensorial properties, also an important role on maintaining health, on psycho wellness -physical and on the prevention of some diseases. In fact, increasing evidence has been obtained on the priority role of diet and specific foods, so-called "functional foods", in improving animal welfare and preventing many morbid conditions. To ensure that pets led long and healthy lives proper nutrition and lifestyle play a pivotal role. The proportion of senior dogs and cats in the total population is increasing. There is a need to take their specific dietary requirements into account and to develop specific diets for senior having typical diseases associated with old age. Balanced, complete, lifestage appropriate diets for dogs and cats; Functional nutrition; Bioactive ingredients; Relationship between nutritional status and risk of pathology. Strategies for reducing the lifespan gap (lifespan) and healthy life span (healthspan); Prevention of chronic diseases.
Diagnosis and prevention of genetic diseases in dogs and cats
Syllabus
The course will focus on canine and feline inherited diseases with particular attention to molecular genetic diagnostic procedures used in international laboratories. The prevention and eradication of hereditary pathologies through breeding plans management will be studied. The aim of the genetic course section is to supply an effective tool in genetic study for dogs and cats. The main genetic principles will be taught in the course to be applied in dog and cat breeding programs and selection choices.
Horse nutrition
Syllabus
The first part of the course will consider the two horse feeding systems suggested by INRA and NRC. The second part of the course will focus on the main horse nutrition-related pathologies.
The course will also consider the foal, the gestating mare, the adult and the old horse nutrition, together with the diet quality and the mean retention time with special regard to the increase of the health status of the animal and the prevention of nutritional-related pathologies in the last part of the horse life.
New frontiers in pets nutrition
Syllabus
The general aim of this course is to contribute to the formulation of nutritionally balanced diets for different stages of the life of dog and cat, while complying with relevant EU legislation on dog and cat nutrition. To achieve this objective, up-to-date scientific knowledge on cat and dog nutrition, minimum and maximum nutrient levels, guidance for the assessment of the nutritional value of pet foods, practical nutrient recommendations for management of nutrition will be discussed. Nutrient requirements, vary considerably even between animals kept under the same conditions, will be evaluated in relation to the age, breed, body size, body condition, insulation characteristics of skin and hair coat, temperament, health status or activity and environmental factors. Particular attention will be posed on the education on understanding pet food labels and on the guidelines for homemade diets to promote animal care.
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Nutritional innovation for the prevention of active aging
Syllabus
Modern nutrition science and the European Union have been oriented towards a radical transformation of the concept of nutrition: foods, in addition to their nutritional and sensorial properties, also an important role on maintaining health, on psycho wellness -physical and on the prevention of some diseases. In fact, increasing evidence has been obtained on the priority role of diet and specific foods, so-called "functional foods", in improving animal welfare and preventing many morbid conditions. To ensure that pets led long and healthy lives proper nutrition and lifestyle play a pivotal role. The proportion of senior dogs and cats in the total population is increasing. There is a need to take their specific dietary requirements into account and to develop specific diets for senior having typical diseases associated with old age. Balanced, complete, lifestage appropriate diets for dogs and cats; Functional nutrition; Bioactive ingredients; Relationship between nutritional status and risk of pathology. Strategies for reducing the lifespan gap (lifespan) and healthy life span (healthspan); Prevention of chronic diseases.
Diagnosis and prevention of genetic diseases in dogs and cats
Syllabus
The course will focus on canine and feline inherited diseases with particular attention to molecular genetic diagnostic procedures used in international laboratories. The prevention and eradication of hereditary pathologies through breeding plans management will be studied. The aim of the genetic course section is to supply an effective tool in genetic study for dogs and cats. The main genetic principles will be taught in the course to be applied in dog and cat breeding programs and selection choices.
Horse nutrition
Syllabus
The topics of the course for no-attending students will be the same as for the attending students
New frontiers in pets nutrition
Syllabus
The general aim of this course is to contribute to the formulation of nutritionally balanced diets for different stages of the life of dog and cat, while complying with relevant EU legislation on dog and cat nutrition. To achieve this objective, up-to-date scientific knowledge on cat and dog nutrition, minimum and maximum nutrient levels, guidance for the assessment of the nutritional value of pet foods, practical nutrient recommendations for management of nutrition will be discussed. Nutrient requirements, vary considerably even between animals kept under the same conditions, will be evaluated in relation to the age, breed, body size, body condition, insulation characteristics of skin and hair coat, temperament, health status or activity and environmental factors. Particular attention will be posed on the education on understanding pet food labels and on the guidelines for homemade diets to promote animal care.
Lesson period
Second semester
Lesson period
Second semester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi