cod. 1007191

Academic year 2023/24
5° year of course - First semester
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

The students must acquire knowledge and understanding about the therapeutic protocols for patients animals and for critically ill animals in intensive care.
In particular, the student should be able to:
1) Know the correct clinical and monitoring process, as well as the methods of administering drugs in critical situations. Be able to understand and use the scientific terminology of the disciplines (knowledge and understanding).
2) To be able to use the knowledge acquired in situations characterized by the involvement of several organs, mainly acute, in subjects of different age groups, to demonstrate the ability to interpret emergency situations quickly and rationally in terms of drug interactions during polytherapy (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 hospitalized patient and in intensive care. 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 (autonomy of judgment).
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).
the teaching materials during any frontal lessons (eg slides) will be made available on Elly



Course unit content

A period of practical attivities with critically ill animals in intensive care unit is requested; moreover, the students will partecicpate and discuss clinical cases presented to the vibist for illnesses which could need an intensive care stay.

Full programme

There is no pre-established program, but situations are faced in a normal clinical setting of a hospital with an emergency department active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, addressing the cases that arise from time to time.


Timothy B Hackett, Elisa M Mazzaferro. Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Procedures, Wiley Ed.

Teaching methods

the students, together with the tutor, partecipate in the clinical management of cases in the intensive care unit; they monitor the general health and administer drugs according to the proposed schedule. They fill the daily clinical records and discuss the cases with the clinical staff. Students are also involved in the management of clinical ases before the passage in ICU.

Assessment methods and criteria

Practical examination: students will be asked to demonstrate that they have reached a good level of knowledge and understanding in discussing a clinical case. Students must be able to apply their knowledge and comprehension capacities, showing a professional approach to their work. They should have adequate skills in discussion of their ideas and in problems' solving. Students must be able to collect and discuss data, in order to develop their own independent judgements.
Students with SLD, BES or disabilities must send requests to be able to take advantage of compensatory and/or dispensatory measures at the exam site at least 10 working days before the date scheduled for the exam by email addressed to the professor in charge of the course and in cc to the Department contact person (list of contact persons and related email addresses available here and to the Reception and Inclusion Center (

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