Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
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Francesco Porciello
  • Francesco Porciello
  • 25 ore - Francesco Porciello
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
ITALIAN (foreign students can speak with the teacher and tutor in English)
The course is held within the facilities of the Depaertment of Veterinary Medicine. The students are directly involved in the clinical-diagnostic and therapeutic activities of the acceptance service of small animals, of horse and of food-producing animals.
During practical activities, the student interacts with the veterinarians of the OVUD and also discusses the theoretical aspects of the observed cases.
Each student, supervised by veterinarians and lecturers, will have to personally report on the patient's clinical folders the signaling, the anamnestic data collection and the general objective exams, the outcome and other clinical information.
Reference texts
Students are required to interact with the teacher who carries out regular clinical activity in OVUD and through the University's UNISTUDIUM portal where, in the space dedicated to this course, the sample text regarding the final report can be found. Students are required to download the sample report text, take it with them during the practical activities and follow the clinical cases following the guidelines contained therein. Students are required to attend the presentation lesson of the course held by the Teacher in collaboration with the course Tutor, to interface with them during the performance of the activities, if necessary, and to consult the presentation file of the course on Unistudium in case of doubts.
Educational objectives
The student is expected to acquire the theoretical knowledge (KNOW) and practical skills (KNOW HOW) necessary to perform a general objective examination on pets entering OVUD by applying the basic clinical methodology. The student will also have to acquire sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge for the interpretation of the results of the main instrumental tests, also in terms of differential diagnostics.
The student will have to learn to take care of the needs of hospitalized animals, to administer the correct diet, to apply basic therapeutic protocols. At the end of the course, at least the minimum training objective must be achieved, represented by knowing how to approach the sick animal correctly by identifying the presence of the main diseases, distinguishing between those involving different systems and knowing how to apply the main basic therapeutic protocols.
Regarding the descriptors of the didactic objectives, the course can be summarized as follows:
The student must
- have knowledge of the clinical methods of collecting and interpreting the signs of diseases in domestic animals by learning to distinguish between similar signs caused by different diseases. On this basis the student must learn how to perform basic therapies.
- know the methods of interpreting the results of instrumental tests and their meaning in a differential diagnostic key
- know the main therapeutic and clinical monitoring strategies applicable in the treatment of animal diseases.
At the end of the training, the student must:
- be able to effectively address the physiological needs and those induced by animal diseases in OVUD; knowing how to recognize, on the basis of direct physical examination, the pathological conditions that deserve clinical attention
- know how to use the results of instrumental tests to confirm the diagnostic suspicion and quantify the severity of the disease,
- know how to set up an adequate basic therapeutic protocol
- be able to evaluate the clinical signs present in a prognostic key and participate in the monitoring of the animal's clinical conditions.
At the end of the training, the student must be able to:
- assigning different degrees of severity to the signs of animal disease
- judge the advisability of reporting changes in the clinical status of animals to the responsible veterinarians,
- issue a clinical judgment in a prognostic key.
At the end of the training, the student must be able to:
- produce a clinical report on the animals visited and be able to actively participate in clinical briefings by discussing with people of the same level of preparation, presenting their evaluations supported by appropriate arguments,
- demonstrate language skills in both written and oral form, as well as the ability to use sufficiently appropriate terminology for a correct approach to the profession, also important for job interviews.
At the end of the training, the student must be able to:
- consult and understand scientific texts, including innovative ones, bibliographic updates, legislative dictates, in order to use them in usual contexts for the profession;
- have a sufficiently broad mastery of the basic clinical methodology to guarantee an acceptable basis for continuing the study path in advanced clinical-practical activities
The knowledge that the student must possess at the beginning of the activities foreseen for this teaching derives from the modules of clinical methodology in small and large animals and from the other characterizing teachings of the Medical, Surgical and Obstetrics Clinic.

In order to make the most of this teaching, it is important that the student knows the basic clinical methodology (inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation and measurements) and possesses the theoretical foundations and practical skills necessary to carry out a general objective examination in children. animals, in horses and farm animals. Furthermore, the student must have become familiar with pets, the methods of approaching and containing them, the interpretation of their physiological needs and the ability to look after them safely.
Teaching methods
Direct participation, under the supervision of structured and unstructured teachers and veterinarians, for clinical activities in OVUD
Other information
To be admitted to attend the course, you must have the following certificates and requirements:
- Attendance of course on Legislative Decree 81/2008;
- To be covered with anti-tetanical vaccination and present the up-to-date certification, issued by the ASL in charge, at the Didactic Secretariat (Polo Didattico Veterinaria Medicina Veterinaria);

Students must wear green in burgundy color
Learning verification modality
There is no evaluation in the form of an exam, but each student will prepare a detailed report on the activity carried out. This report must be completed on UNISTUDIUM according to the instructions contained therein in the assigned tasks section. The suitability of the student is assessed during the performance of the practical teaching activities and on the basis of the report presented. The registration of eligibility is carried out at the end of the teaching period. The verbalization can be carried out by the teacher only if ALL the following conditions are met:
1) Delivery on UNISTUDIUM of the attendance sheet with the signatures of the veterinary staff certifying the performance of the 3 scheduled shifts
2) Delivery to UNISTUDIUM of the report of the activities carried out, drawn up scrupulously following the scheme requested by the teacher
3) Registration on the SOL for the exam session

For information on support services for students with disabilities and / or SLD, visit the page http://www.unipg.it/disabilita-e-dsa
Extended program
Practical activities take place in groups of 2 students in shifts defined as follows:
1 daily shift from 8.00 to 17.00 - Monday to Friday
Each student must carry out 3 shifts until reaching 25 hours of activity for the recognition of n. 1 CFU

At the beginning of each of his shifts, each student presents himself to the doctor on duty 24 hours a day with the necessary kit (identification card, Bordeaux green, stethoscope and log-book).

During the shift, under the supervision of the Veterinary staff, he collaborates in carrying out all the activities related to the care of the hospitalized animals, their feeding, the periodic monitoring of clinical parameters, the general physical examination of the animals that arrive in the OVUD and all those already hospitalized, reporting the data in the appropriate fields of the paper and computerized clinical files.
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