Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
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Camillo Pieramati
  • Camillo Pieramati
  • 25 ore - Camillo Pieramati
Course Regulation
Coorte 2020
Learning activities
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Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Knowledge of the main characteristics of an animal farm and of food administration to livestock.
Reference texts
No specific reference text is available.
Educational objectives
D1 - The student will have to acquire the elementary knowledge about the organization of a livestock farm and the management of livestock in housing, understanding the rationale of the various practical activities.

D2 - The student must be able to apply the knowledge to his own behavior in a livestock farm, understanding its importance for his own and others' safety, for animal welfare, for the environment, and for production economy and hygiene.

D3 - The student should be able to independently judge whether the main aspects of animal management are adequate from the point of view of safety, welfare, hygiene, and productivity.

D4 - The student must be able to communicate efficiently and effectively with the operators within the company (owner, labor, veterinarians, technicians), using an appropriate and correct vocabulary from a technical-scientific point of view.

D5 - The student must be able to learn independently, or with a short technical instruction, the correct behavior to be followed in the different types of livestock farm.

EAEVE Day One Competences: 1.16 (handle and restrain animal patiens safely and with respect of the animal, and instruct others in helping the veterinarian perform these techniques) and 2.4 (a knowledge of the business related to animal breeding, production and keeping).

LOGBOOK - 2nd paragraph "restrain livestock in the right way": how to get closer to livestock; fitting the hackamore and horse handling; restrain cattle and/or horses; restrain sheep and/or pigs.
Students must have complied with the D. Lgs. 81/2008 course (safety in a workplace). No specific skills is required to gain basic knowledge on the management of farm animals stables and on the right approach different domestic animals.
Teaching methods
Introductory frontal lecture and practical lessons. It is strongly stimulated the interaction student - teacher / tutor to clarify animal practical management and rxecution, by the students, of the manual tasks related to animal cleaning, handling and feeding.
Other information
Student must comply with all farm policies regarding personal safety and biohazard.
Learning verification modality
Written examination by multiple choice tests. The result is not graded: just "pass" or "fail".
Extended program
The students following the first year courses of the Veterinary curriculum, divided into small groups, attend for five days the teaching farm to develop the specified daily activities.

Monday: frontal lecture to explain the daily activities, farm overview and acquisition of information on the sheep barn, breeds present, sanitary status of groups, and within groups, health conditions of individuals, any test in progress. (5 hours)

Tuesday: tour of the sheep barn control, registration of news, cooperation to the food supply with particular attention to possible different types of integration with reference to specific research, treatment of individual subjects. Acquiring information on bovine herd; total number of animals, number of calves, the health status of individuals, check of the reproductive apparatus. (5 hours)

Wednesday: cattle barn control, identification of subjects to be fertilized, cooperation in drug administration. Acquiring information about horses present in the farm. (5 hours)

Thursday: visual inspection of horses present in the paddocks, cooperation to the breading activities when possible, cooperation to the drug administration. Acquiring information on pigs. (5 hours)

Friday: pigs visual inspection, registration of news , participation in food administration and drug treatments. Execution of final evaluation test (5 hours)
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