Veterinary medicine
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Elvio Lepri
  • Elvio Lepri
  • 25 ore - Elvio Lepri
Course Regulation
Coorte 2017
Learning activities
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Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
The course provides the basic skills to interpret gross lesions most commonly observed during the farm animal (bovine, ovine, caprine, swine) practice and to apply the knowledges into an integrated diagnostic algoritm form necropsy to ancillary tests.
Reference texts
Di Marco Lopresti Vincenzo; Capucchio Maria Teresa; Mignacca Sebastian Alessandro; Guarda Franco. Atlante di Patologia Ovina e Caprina . Genoma Editore 2012
Claus D Buergelt, Edward G Clark, Fabio Del Piero. Bovine Pathology: A Text and Color Atlas. CABI 2018
Zimmermann JJ, Karriker LA, Ramirez A, Schwartz K, Stevenson GW, Zhang J. Diseases of swine. 11th ed. Wiley 2019
Educational objectives
The main aims of the course are:
Knowledge and understanding: the course aims to give the students the knowledge about the pathologic diagnostic algorithm to correctly interpret the main syndromes in fam animal health management.

Applying knowledge and understanding: the course’s aim is to make the students able to draw diagnostic protocols to differentiate each other the diseases and syndromes with similar clinical and pathological features; to interpret collateral laboratory findings (cytology, histology, bacteriology, serology, molecular biology) to distinguish the diseases in differential diagnosis.

Making judgements: the aim of the course is to make differential diagnosis among diseases with similar pathological features (morphologic diagnosis), by using adequate ancillary tests.

Communication: the course’s aim is to give to the student a correct terminology for description of the lesions; for filling the form for sending samples to pathology; to communicate with colleagues.

Lifelong learning skills: during the course the students will achieve autonomy in reading literature sources and understanding what is the main information to get to allow solutions of medical problems

In summary, the day-one competences to be achieved in the course are:
1) Work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of services.
2) Collect, preserve and transport samples, select appropriate diagnostic tests, interpret and understand the limitations of the test results.
3) To be aware of other diseases of international importance that pose a risk to national and international biosecurity and trade.
4) To set up diagnostic algorithms and to interpret epidemiological and clinical data and laboratory results to address the diagnostic process.
Although there are no compulsory propedeuticities according to
regulation, it is strongly advised that the student attending the course
has already sat the examinations of veterinary pathology and special
pathology and veterinary medical pathology
Teaching methods
The course is organized with frontal lectures aimed to introduce the argument of discussion (20%), team-work to examine study-cases prepared by the teacher by vision of gross images, histological slides, laboratory test results and videos (40%) and collegial discussion of the cases (40%)
Learning verification modality
The course does not provide a final exam, as the current Learning
Organization. Therefore, the student's learning is individually tested with the reports of the cases provided and in the various steps of the diagnostic algorithm.
Extended program
The course is divided into 5 days.
In day 1 ad introduction will be provided to field necropsy technique in farm animal practice, including sampling organs and tissues, and shipping to laboratory. Furthermore a colleague of the diagnostic section of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Umbria e delle Marche will give details about diagnostic algoritms applied during the most common field scenarios (respiratory, enteric, nervous and reproductive syndromes).
From day 2 to day 5 an introductory first hour will be provided on the criteria of pathological diagnosis of main lesions of porcine, bovine and ovine species respectively; then the students will perfomr hands-on necropsies or virtual necropsies with the help of multimedial resources; then the cases will ben discussed collegially.
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