Veterinary medicine
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Fabrizio Passamonti
  • Fabrizio Passamonti
  • 52 ore - Fabrizio Passamonti
Course Regulation
Coorte 2017
Learning activities
Discipline delle malattie infettive ed infestive
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The course focuses on with the major infectious diseases of domestic and wild animals with particular reference to etiological, epidemiological, diagnostic and prophylactic features.
Reference texts
Farina-Scatozza :Malattie infettive degli animali UTET II° edizione
O.M. Radostits, J.H. Arundel, Clive C. Gay: Veterinary Medicine: a textbook of the diseases of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and horses, Ed. Saunders, 2007, 10 edizione.
Sellon-Long: Equine Infectious diseases, Ed. Saunders, 2007

Zimmerman J.J., Karrieker L., Ramirez A., Schwartz K.J., Stevenson G.W.: Diseases of swine. Wiley -Blackwell, 2012.

Coetzer J.A.W., Tustin R.C. : Infectious Diseases of livestock., Oxford University 2004.

Benazzi P., Il Regolamento di Polizia veterinaria Esculapio 2011.

Manuale OIE (Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals 2012) http://www.oie.int/international-standard-setting/terrestrial-manual/access-online/)

In addition to texts recommended other educational material available is used by the teacher during lessons.
Educational objectives
The main objective of this course is to provide students notions of infectious diseases, knowledge about diagnostic methods used to diagnose diseases and what preventive measures should be taken to limit its spread.

More specifically:

- Improve basic knowledge skills about the relationships between hosts, pathogens and environment and biosafety measures appliocation and management of health and hygiene in farms.

- Know etiopathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, prophylaxis and therapy of infectious diseases of livestock and zoonotic emphasizing their socio-economic significance.

- Acquiring diagnostic skills and interpretation of the results obtained.

- Know both the national and international legislation on prevention and control.

- Knowing both direct and indirect preventive measures and monitoring plans against infectious animal diseases and zoonoses.
Teaching methods
The course is organized as follows:

36 hours of lectures in the classroom on the different topics of the teaching course, in particular related to the etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, diagnosis and prophylaxis of infectious diseases of cattle, sheeps, goats, pigs and horses;

12 hours of practical lessons (4 student groups) that are carried out in part in the workshops of the Department and the rest at farms (cattle, sheep, pigs, horses).

Field activities include identification and assessment of the main risk factors related to infectious diseases (acquisition of vocational skills). During the external activities it will be discussed about any problem present in the farm, by an analysis of the protocols of prophylaxis used in the specific context of production and identification of opportunities for health improvement (acquisition of processing capacity and synthesis; acquisition of communication skills and team work).
4 hours of Clinical rotation (11 teams of 5 students) where students work alongside the teacher in the diagnostic microbiology laboratory starting from clinical case samples from the veterinary teaching hospital and external facilities. Putting into practice the methods acquired during the course of study.
Extended program
Theoretical lessons:
Course introduction (organization and final exam information). Equine Herpetic infections: EHV-1, EHV-4, EHV-3, EHV-2 and EHV-5 (1.5 hours);
Equine viral arteritis (1.5 hours), Influenza viruses (1.5 hours), Equine infectious anemia (1.5 hours),
Rhodococcus equi infection, Strangles, Contagious Equine Metritis (1.5 hours).
Brucellosis (1.5 hours); Tuberculosis (1.5 hours); Paratuberculosis (1.5 hours); Mastitis (1.5 hours);
Bovine rhinotracheitis virus, Parainfluenza-3 virus, Viral Respiratory Syncytial virus (1.5 hours);
Bovine Viral Diarrhea / Mucosal Disease virus, Border disease (1.5 hours);
Enzootic Bovine Leukosis, Visna-Maedi, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis virus, Sheep Pulmonary Adenomatosis (1.5 hours)
Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA), Contagious Ecthyma (1 hour), Infectious Abortion in ruminants (1.5 hours).
Aujeszky's disease/Pseudorabies (1.5 hours), Classical Swine Fever (1.5 hours), Swine Erysipelas (1 hour), Parvovirosis in pigs, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, Swine Circovirus (1.5 hours)

Diseases sustained by bacteria belonging to the Pasteurellaceae family (Gen. Pasteurella, Mannheimia, Actinobacillus, Histophilus, Haemophilus) in pigs, ruminants and horses (1.5 hours).

Mycoplasmosis of ruminants and pigs (1.5 hours).

Vesicular diseases: Foot-and-mouth disease, swine vesicular disease, Vesicular Exanthema, Vesicular Stomatitis (1.5 hours).

Infections sustained by bacteria belonging to the Enterobacteraceae family (Gen. Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Klebsiella spp., Yersinia spp.). (1.5 hours)

Clostridiosis: Tetanus, Botulism, Gas Gangrene (Blackleg, Malignant Edema), Clostridium perfringens infections (1.5 hours).

Neonatal Diarrhea (Rotavirus and Coronavirus Infections), Brachyspira hyodysenteriae infection, Proliferative enteritis sustained by Lawsonia intracellularis (1 hour).

Prion diseases: Scrapie, Bovine Spongiformis Encephalitis, Cronic Wasting Disease (1.5 hours).

Practical lessons:
Diagnostic Protocols in Infectious Diseases (2 hours)
Experience on field at a Breeding Station and English Thoroughbred farm (2 hours)
Experience on field at a dairy farm (2 hours)
Experience on field at a beef cattle farm (2 hours)
Experience on field at a sheep farm (2 hours)
Experience on field at a pig farm (2 hours)

Clinical Rotations (4 hours): Participation in the activities of the Microbiological Diagnostic Laboratory of the Department Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Acceptance of biological samples and medical history. Performing bacteriological and serological examinations, bacterial typification and diagnostic staining. Setting and Interpreting Antimicrobial sensitivity tests.
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