Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
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Monica Sforna
  • Monica Sforna
  • 52 ore - Monica Sforna
Course Regulation
Coorte 2017
Learning activities
Discipline anatomo-patologiche ed ispettive veterinarie
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Gross and microscopic pathology of congenital malformations, circulatory disturbances, regressive changes, inflammations, proliferative lesions and tumors of the Digestive System, Female and Male Genital System and Integument.
Morphological patterns of the main diseases affecting the discussed systems.
Reference texts
1) P.S. Marcato: Patologia sistematica veterinaria. Edagricole, Milano 2015.
2) M.D. MsGavin, J.F. Zachary: Patologia veterinaria sistematica. Elsevier, Milano 2010 (suggested).
3) M. Grant Maxie: Jubb, Kennedy,and Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals. Elsevier, London 2016 (suggested).
Educational objectives
The course attributes information on a morphological and pathogenetic study of lesions. Moreover, it gives a diagnostic algorithm aimed to identify the causes of diseases, including physic and biological etiology agents, referred to Digestive System, Female and Male Genital System, and Integument. Finally, based on physiopathological considerations, the course indicate prognostic evaluations referred to the pathological patterns.
The main acquired information will be:
a) useful information for application of diagnostic procedures to the pathology;
b) knowledges about the main gross and histological lesions of Digestive System, Female and Male Genital System, and Integument;
c) information useful to understand the mechanisms producing lesions;
d) knowledge of gross patterns expressed by the main diseases of domestic animals;
e) clear definitions and correct medical language use.
The main abilities will be:
- using correct methods, to perform necropsy, gross examination of organ and pathology samples, cytological and histological exams
- identification, classification and interpretation of basic lesions, to perform a morphological diagnosis of I level with eziopathogenetic considerations.
Teaching methods
The course includes:
- 36 h frontal lectures in the morning or afternoon, other week, given in the classroom
- Common Practical Activities (12h) in the morning or afternoon, performed in labs (groups of max 15 students) or interactive discussion on gross pathology held using slides. Common Practical Activities are organized in 4 groups of max 15 students.
- Clinical Rotation (4h) in the morning, at the Veterinary Pathology Service, arranged in 11 teams of 5/6 students.
Extended program
Digestive System
¿ Lesions of teeth: Congenital anomalies; degenerative and inflammatory lesions of teeth and periodontal structures; odontogenic tumors (0,5 h).
¿ Malformation, circulatory disturbances, degenerative lesions, inflammations and tumors of the oral cavity (2 h).
¿ Anomaly of esophageal size: atresia, megaesophagus, strictures. Inflammations and tumors of the esophagus (0,5 h).
¿ Changes in ruminal content: ruminal acidosis and bloat; foreign body syndrome in cattle; inflammations of the forestomachs. Changes in gastric and abomasal size and position; circulatory disturbancies, degenerative lesions (2 h).
¿ Gastric ulcer; inflammation of stomach and abomasum; displastic, hyperplastic and neoplastic lesions of stomach and abomasum (2 h).
¿ Congenital anomalies of gut and change in size: megacolon, intestinal atresia. Inflammations of intestine; gut tumors (7 h).
¿ Malformations of the liver; vascular (portosystemic shunt) and biliary cystic diseases; degenerative changes; liver inflammations; hyperplastic and neoplastic diseases of the liver (5 h).
¿ Malformations, regressive and inflammatory lesions of exocrine pancreas; nodular hyperplastic and neoplastic lesions (1 h).
Male and female Genital Systems
- Congenital defects and circulatory disturbances of male and female genital systems (1 h)
- Pathology of female genital system and diseases of pregnant uterus (2 h)
- Pathology of testis, epididymis, spermatic cord, accessory genital glands, penis and prepuce (2 h)
- Neoplastic diseases of the male and female genital systems (2 h).
- Morphologic patterns of the main diseases of the male and female genital system of domestic animals (2h).
Integumentary system
- Pattern analysis of principal dermatitis/dermatosis in different species
- Mastitis and mammary tumors (2 h)
- Morphological and etiologic diagnosis of viscera and organs of various animal species (6 h)
- Interactive discussion about anatomopathological cases (6 h)


- Work within laboratories of the Veterinary Pathology Service (4 h).
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