cod. 06163

Academic year 2018/19
4° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Clinica medica veterinaria (VET/08)
Discipline cliniche veterinarie
Type of training activity
68 hours
of face-to-face activities
5 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Integrated course unit module: Medical Pathology - Medical Semeiology

Learning objectives

At the end of the training activity the student will be able to:
1. Know and understand the fundamentals of etiology, physiopathology, symptomatology, diagnosis and guidelines for the treatment of major internal medical problems of small and large animals, exotic pets and wild animals.
At the end of the training activity the student will be able to:
1. Apply the knowledge and understanding acquired in the interpretation of patient problems, recognizing the causes and the clinical consequences
At the end of the training activity the student will be able to:
1. Evaluate and critically choose the most relevant instrumental and laboratory diagnostic tools to formulate diagnosis and prognosis
2. Set up an appropriate therapeutic and monitoring plan
At the end of the training activity the student will be able to:
1. Communicate clearly and with appropriate terms a clinical case
2. Relate correctly to the patient, the animal owner, and the work colleagues
At the end of the training activity the student will be able to:
1. Consult and understand scientific texts
2. Make bibliographic research autonomously
3. Have a mastery of clinical disciplines that will stimulate continued lifelong learning


General pathology; Animal pathophysiology; Veterinary Immunepathology; Pharmacology- Toxicology - Chemotherapy

Course unit content

The course provides fundamental knowledge on the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the most common cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, neurologic, gastrointestinal, urinary, hematologic and musculoskeletal diseases of domestic small and large animals. Part of the course deals with the clinical approach to exotic pets and wild animals.

Full programme

Medical pathology of the cardiovascular system:
Pericardial diseases. Myocardial disease. Endocardial diseases. Cardiac rhythm abnormalities. Acute and chronic heart failure.

Medical pathology of the respiratory system:
Diseases of the upper respiratory tract (nasal and paranasal cavity, larynx). Diseases of the trachea and bronchi. Diseases of the lungs and pleura.

Medical pathology of the urinary system:
Kidney diseases. Diseases of the bladder, urethers and urethra. Acute and chronic renal failure.

Madical pathology of the gastrointestinal system:
Diseases of the oral cavity. Diseases of the pharynx. Diseases of the esophagus. Diseases of the stomach. Diseases of rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum. Diseases of intestines. Colics. Diseases of liver and gall bladder. Diseases of pancreas.

Medical pathology of the endocrine system:
Diseases of the pituitary gland. Diseases of thyroid and parathyroid. Diseases of the adrenal glands. Diabetes mellitus.

Medical pathology of the nervous system:
Diseases of the central nervous system. Diseases of the peripheral system. Epilepsy.

Medical pathology of hemopoietic system
Disorders of red blood cells. Disorders of platelets. Disorders of white blood cells. Coagulopathies.


Patologia medica: RADOSTITS:Veterinary medicine. A textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats - Edizioni varie; SMITH: Large animal internal medicine - Edizioni varie; REED - BAYLY: Equine Internal Medicine, Saunders Co, 1998; ETTINGER - FELDMAN: Textbook of veterinary internal medicine - Edizioni varie; NELSON-COUTO: Small animal internal medicine - Edizioni varie; BIRCHARD: Saunders manual of small animal practice - Edizioni varie.

Teaching methods

The didactic activities will be conducted with frontal lessons in the classroom and in-depth seminars.
The slides used to support the lessons will be loaded onto the Elly platform at the beginning of the course. The slides used can also be requested directly to the teacher. The slides are an integral part of the teaching material but need to be integrated with the information provided by the teacher during the front lessons and the in-depth seminars, as well as with the reference texts indicated.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the achievement of the expected learning and comprehension objectives involves an oral examination consisting of three questions strictly related to the content discussed in the course. With such questions will be determined the achievement of the objectives that will allow the student to apply the acquired knowledge. Each answer will receive a score from 0 to 10. The final mark is expressed in thirty.

Other information

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