cod. 1005637

Academic year 2022/23
5° year of course - First semester
QUINTAVALLA Fausto, CANTONI Anna Maria, VOLTA Antonella
Academic discipline
Indefinito/interdisciplinare (NN)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
32 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Provide the information necessary for the proper clinical approach at patient with suspected neoplastic and indicate, once the diagnostic process, the possible therapeutic approach

To give to the student the basic knowledges in cytologic diagnosis of the neoplastic diseases of the cat and the dog. Oncological smears interpretation.
Diagnostic imaging: the aim of the course is to give to the student the basic knowledge of diagnostic imaging in medical oncology of the dog and the cat.
The student should be able to:
1) Know the correct clinical path summarized by diagnostic imaging, and the consecutive basic knowledge of oncological cytology and the ability to interpret the cytological preparations of the most common neoplasms of domestic carnivores, monitoring as well as the methods of administration of antiblastic drugs. Be able to understand and use the scientific terminology of the disciplines (knowledge and understanding).
2) Being able to use the knowledge acquired in situations characterized by the involvement of several organs, acute and chronic, in subjects of different age groups, demonstrating the ability to adequately interpret a therapeutic approach appropriate to the drama of the clinical situation (applying knowledge and understanding).
3) At the end of the lessons, the student must demonstrate that he is able to perform a correct approach to the cancer patient. Not only that, to have understood the knowledge related to the various topics covered during the theoretical-practical lessons, and to know how to correlate them at the various organizational levels (making judgments).
4) The student must demonstrate that he can clearly communicate the knowledge learned using a language that is always appropriate to the interlocutors (communication skills).
5) The student, in addition to demonstrating that he is able to correlate, integrate and manage the knowledge imparted in interdisciplinary areas, must demonstrate that he has developed skills that make him largely autonomous in the self-management of knowledge (learning skills).



Course unit content

clinical and therapeutic approach to the most common neoplastic diseases of pets and horses. Cytomorphologic categories of neoplasm, cytologic criteria for malignancy, cytologic interpretation of cutaneous and hemolymphopoietic neoplasms.
Approach to Diagnostic imaging in medical oncology. Diagnosis and Stadiation of the most frequent neoplasm of the skin, soft tissues and blood and lymphatic tumors.

Full programme

Clinical approach, cytomorphologic categories of neoplasm, cytologic criteria for malignancy, cytologic interpretation of cutaneous and hemolymphopoietic neoplasms.


Cowell R.L.,e Tyler R.D.Diagnostic Cytology of the Dog and Cat.
American veterinary Pubblications,2004.
Raskin R.E, Meyer D.J. Canine and Feline Cytology, Saunders Elsevier, 2010
Marconato L., Amadori D. Oncologia medica veterinaria e comparata. Poletto Editore 2012

Teaching methods

discussion of clinical cases

lectures using videobam, necropsy of cancer patients
cyto-histopathology in multifunctional laboratory, using didactic optical microscope

Diagnostic imaging: lectures and practical sessions of film reading

In the event of an emergency of any nature (local or national sanitary- health, earthquake, etc.), the training activities will be performed on-line on the TEAMS Office365 platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

discussion of clinical report

microscopic examination and interpretation of cytolocic specimen.

diagnostic imaging: oral examination and film reading

In the event of an emergency of any kind (local or national sanitary-health, earthquake, etc.), the exam sessions will be guaranteed online, in the manner adopted in the 2019-2020 academic year, on the TEAMS Office 365 platform.

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