cod. 1008442

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Clinica medica veterinaria (VET/08)
Discipline zootecniche e delle produzioni animali
Type of training activity
60 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

D1- KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDINGThe aim of the course is to enable the student to know and understand the essential elements for the management of health problems in pigs and cattle in intensive herd (population medicine – herd health). At the end of the training activity, the student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding about(A) knowing and understanding when wellbeing is compromised in food producing animals; (b) to know and understand tools for the detection of subclinical disorders that may interfere with the health status of the animals being observed.
D2- APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDINGAt the end of the training activity, the student must be able to a) Managing the health problem of both the individual and the population (herd health), even in terms of prevention
D3- MAKING JUDGMENTS At the end of the training activity, the student must be able toA) To be able to critically evaluate environmental and technological impact on health; b) Know how to monitor a clinical situation
D4-COMMUNICATION SKILLSAt the end of the training activity, the student must be able toA) To clearly know the results of a clinical case in an appropriate mannerB) Know how to communicate with the owner C) Know how to explain the problem to colleagues
D5- LEARING SKILLSAt the end of the training activity, the student must be able to a) Consult critical texts and workC) Possess mastery of self-assessment (self-assessment) methodologies and continuous self-assessment skills with critical attitude


Understanding of animal production and technologies

Course unit content

The first part of the course is devoted to the population medicine of swine and cattle with particular emphasis on herd health management. The second block of lessons discusses about major health problems associated with technologies affecting swine and cattle. Legislation will also approached.

Full programme

Evaluation of wellbeing of swine and bovine herds. Bovine health management: metabolic disorders; nutritional diseases, rumen acidosis and alcalosis; nervous system diseases.; Mastitis and mammary gland disorders.
Swine health management referring to environmental and technological predisposing and conditioning factors (no mention to diagnosis, therapy and vaccinlogy)
: reproductive disorders (infectious and non-infectious origin). Parvovirosis. Leptospirosis. Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). Neonatal metabolic disorders. Neonatal and post-weaning Enteric disorders. Porcine Circovirus Associated Diseases (PCVD e PMWS). Porcine respiratory diseases complex. Enzootic pneumonia. Atrophic rhinitis. Swine flu. PRRS. Aujeszky’s disease. Swine dysentery. Neurologic disorders. Postpartum dysgalactia syndrome of sow.


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

Lessons based on showing the role of environmental conditions and technologies on the appearance of health problems.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the expected learning outcomes described by the indicators D1, D2 and D3 is based on an oral examination (oral question) consisting of three questions. With the same questions, it will be ensured that the achievement of the objectives will enable the student to apply what is acquired in terms of knowledge. Each of the three questions has an equal weight for the mark definition that is expressed in thirty. The outcome of the test is communicated at the end of the examination. No partial or on-going (in itinere) tests are provided.

Other information

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