cod. 1001256

Academic year 2017/18
5° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Clinica medica veterinaria (VET/08)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
20 hours
of face-to-face activities
1 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: VETERINARY MEDICAL CLINIC

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to enable the student to know and understand the essential elements for the management of differential diagnosis pathways for pigs and cattle in intensive herd (population medicine – herd health) as well as in pets. At the end of the training activity, thanks to the knowledge of physical examination, medical pathology, infectious diseases, clinical pathology, the student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding about
(A) knowing and understanding which clinical methodologies and semiological investigations are applicable to the evaluation of a disease or syndrome in food producing animals and pets;
(B) to know and understand the differential diagnosis of population medicine (herd health) in pig and bovine and in pets;
C) to know, understand and remember the management of diagnostic findings with particular reference to therapeutic and prevention;
(D) to know and understand diagnostic tools for the detection of subclinical disorders that may interfere with the health status of the animals being observed.

At the end of the training activity, the student must be able to
(A) Perform a complete clinical examination with relevant reference
B) Carry out laboratory and instrumental collateral investigations
C) Apply appropriate therapy lines in relation to the clinical evaluation performed
D) Managing the clinical problem of both the individual and the population (herd health), even in terms of prevention

At the end of the training activity, the student must be able to
A) To be able to critically evaluate instrumental and laboratory-oriented diagnosis
B) To be able to analyze the diagnostic elements designed to frame a prognostic judgment
C) Know how to analyze a therapeutic and prophylactic plan
D) Know how to monitor a clinical situation

At the end of the training activity, the student must be able to
A) To clearly know the results of a clinical case in an appropriate manner
B) Know how to communicate with the owner or driver of the animal about the clinical problem
C) Know how to explain the clinical case to colleagues

At the end of the training activity, the student must be able to
A) Change your approach to the patient according to what was learned
B) Consult critical texts and work
C) Possess mastery of self-assessment (self-assessment) methodologies and continuous self-assessment skills with critical attitude


Competences about internal medicine, physical examination, infectious diseases, pharmacology and toxicology

Course unit content

The practical course of the Medical Clinic is settled through the accomplishment of clinical visits initially in collaboration with the tutor and subsequently autonomously under the supervision of the lecturer.

Full programme

Clinical cases of medical area, reported at the Animal Teaching Hospital, will be the focus of practical activity.


TILLEY L.P., SMITH F.W.K.: The 5 minute veterinary consult. Clinica Medica. Seconda ediz. UTET, 2007 BIRCHARD S.J., SHERDING R.G.: Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice. Third edition. Saunders Elsevier,. BALLARINI G.: Malattie della vacca da latte ad alta produzione, Edagricole, Bologna, 1987.
MARTELLI P. et al. Le patologie del maiale, Le Point Veterinaire Italie, 2013.
B.E. Straw et al. Diseases of Swine. 10th Edition, Blackwel Publishing, 2011.
AA.VV. Le vaccinazioni in medicina veterinaria. 2003, Edagricole- Bologna.

Teaching methods

The specific issues related to clinical differential diagnosis of the main syndromes of veterinary medicine species both in the individual clinic and population medicine will be discussed The student is required to integrate the topics with the contents of the suggested texts.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the expected learning outcomes described by the indicators D1, D2 and D3 is based on the attendance of the activities and on an opinion.

Other information

Monday to Friday: 8:30-10:30 am.