cod. 1004355

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
integrated course unit
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

- Knowledge and understanding.
Consistent with the educational objectives of the Course of Studies (CdS), the course aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the general concepts of epidemiology, prophylaxis, control and diagnosis of parasitic and infectious diseases, with particular reference to the main pathologies and zoonoses of animals of zootechnical interest.

- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding.
At the end of the course the student will be able to identify and define the characteristics of different pathogenic microorganisms and to deal with problems concerning the prevention and management of parasitic and infectious diseases of interest in the zootechnical and public health fields.

- Autonomy of judgment.
At the end of the course the student must be able to autonomously define and choose the prevention, control and diagnosis strategies of the diseases covered by the course. In order to foster the student's ability to connect the different topics of the course together and therefore to acquire judgment and choice skills in the field of prevention and control of parasitic and infectious diseases, they can be taken as a model and treated in a some diseases and pathologies of interest in the zootechnical and public health fields.

- Communication skills.
At the end of the course the student must have acquired the ability to communicate with adequate language skills and demonstrate the ability to present the topics covered in a clear, linear and coherent manner.

- Ability to learn.
At the end of the training course, the student is expected to have developed understanding and skills that enable him to continue learning independently through the consultation and critical evaluation of the scientific literature relating to the subjects covered.


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Course unit content

During the first part of the course, the most important parasites of farm animals (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) and the zoonoses transmitted by them will be dealt with. In particular, the cycle, pathogenesis, anatomy, epidemiology and diagnosis of: protozoa, trematodes, tapeworms, nematodes and arthropods will be treated.
In the second part (second semester), the student will be provided with basic notions of microbiology, with particular reference to bacteria and viruses, immunology and epidemiology. Topics relating to farm hygiene, prophylaxis and control of infectious diseases will then be covered.

Full programme

For the extended program, please refer to the page of the two courses


Parassitologia veterinaria
di G. M. Urquhart
Parassitologia e malattie parassitarie degli animali
di M A. Taylor
Manuale di parassitologia veterinaria
di M. Genchi

Poli G., Dall’Ara P., Martino P.A. Microbiologia e immunologia veterinaria, Edra, 2017.
Bottarelli E., Ostanello F., Epidemiologia. Teoria ed esempi di medicina veterinaria, Edagricole, Milano, 2011.
Farina R. e Scatozza F. - Trattato di malattie infettive degli animali - UTET, 1998.
Bottini D., La gestione sanitaria nell'allevamento della bovina da latte, Le Point Veterinaire Italie, 2009.

Teaching methods

The lectures will be carried out through the prevalent use of slideshow or multimedia presentations. Practical teaching will be carried out through laboratory activities and/or herd visits (assessment of the health and hygiene status and collection of samples to be analyzed during laboratory activity ) and/or audiovisual material, films, simulations and case studies.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam at the end of the course.
Only in exceptional cases could a written exam be carried out as an alternative to the oral exam.
Students with certified disabilities pursuant to article 16 of law n. 104/1992 or learning disabilities (law n. 170/2010), will be provided with proper specific support.

Other information

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