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Second cycle degree course
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course in Italian
class LM-86
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Why in Parma?

The single-cycle degree program in Innovative and Sustainable Animal Production is for Italian and foreign students interested in animal production themes. The educational objectives meet the need to create professionals in the agro-zootechnical field equipped with advanced technical and scientific skills in all stages of the food chain of animal origin: feed production, livestock breeding, processing, labeling and certification of processed products.

The training is designed to provide in-depth knowledge in the technical management of livestock farms - respecting animal welfare and biodiversity - and processing and certification processes. The cultural approach is one of innovation and multidisciplinarity, and is geared toward improving sustainability in its broadest sense (economic, social and environmental).

In the first year, we will address subjects on the primary stage of the food chain of animal origin (animal husbandry, food and nutrition, genetic improvement, infectious diseases, reproductive physiology, pharmacology). In the second year the courses will focus on disciplines related to processing, marketing and certification of products of animal origin (food labeling and certification, food chemistry and microbiology, processing technology). Course programs in both years will be shaped from the standpoint of technical and scientific innovation to ensure the sustainability (environmental, economic and social) of supply chains, the protection of animal health and welfare, and the preservation of biodiversity.



Not mandatory.

After graduation

Graduates in Innovative and Sustainable Animal Production (PAIS) will can work in roles of responsibility in one or more of the following areas:

  • the direction and coordination of intensive and extensive livestock farms, multifunctional farms, associations or cooperatives operating in the social field;
  • the direction and coordination of animal breeding and genetic improvement centers;
  • the direction or coordination of feed industries and feed marketing enterprises, industries operating in the field of livestock construction and planting in consistency with the directives on the disposal of livestock wastes and the maintenance of animal welfare;
  • the direction or coordination of enterprises in livestock supply chains operating in the slaughter, processing of food of animal origin, including the marketing and final distribution stages, including large-scale retail trade;
  • the direction or coordination of public and private laboratories for the analysis of livestock foods and products of animal origin;
  • the direction or coordination of sector policy planning activities with territorial, national, and international public bodies or with livestock supply chain trade associations and consumer associations;
  • technical and specialized consultancy at agro-livestock companies, animal genetic improvement centers, feed companies, companies processing products of animal origin, companies operating in the animal production chain, control and certification bodies and HAACCP plans, also in collaboration with other professionals working in the sector through the freelance practice of Doctor of Agriculture;
  • the teaching of scientific disciplines in upper secondary schools;
  • research activities in public and private institutions and in universities.

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