Unit ADE - Veterinary emergency in OVUD - basic course

Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
In all curricula
Francesco Porciello
  • Francesco Porciello
  • 25 ore - Francesco Porciello
Course Regulation
Coorte 2020
Learning activities
A scelta dello studente
A scelta dello studente
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Italian (foreign students can interact with the teacher and the veterinarians on duty in OVUD also in English)
The course is held within the facilities of the University of Veterinary Medicine. Students are directly involved in the clinical-diagnostic and therapeutic activities of the first-aid service of small animals and large 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, collaborating directly with emergency services, will have to personally participate in the various clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers needed to stabilize and monitor critical patients.
Reference texts
VIGANO' FABIO Manuale di pronto soccorso nel cane e nel gatto

Equine Emergency
Educational objectives
The activities are essentially practical and therefore it is expected that the student will acquire interaction skills with a veterinary team dedicated to emergency management in a 24 hour emergency service. The expected minimum training objective is that the student is able to recognize the clinical signs of an emergency critical patient, maintain calm in that condition, and collaborate with punctuality on the therapeutic maneuvers needed to stabilize the patientRegarding the descriptors of the didactic objectives, the course can be summarized as follows:
The student must
- have knowledge of the clinical methods of approaching the sick animal in the emergency room by questioning the owner, observing the animal and identifying particular signs of the disease;
- know the methods of containment of the animal to be visited in the emergency room and the application of the manual procedures for carrying out stabilization maneuvers;
- know the characteristics and methods of use of the first aid clinical instruments
At the end of the training, the student must:
- be able to collect a targeted and abbreviated medical history and be able to identify signs of disease that requires first aid;
- know how to safely approach an animal in need of first aid and perform basic clinical maneuvers suitable for its stabilization;
- know how to use basic first aid instruments (e.g. oxygen mask, stethoscope etc.)
At the end of the training, the student must be able to:
- identify, among the information reported by the owner, those useful for dealing with the clinical emergency;
- identify the presence of particular clinical signs useful to frame the type of clinical emergency;
- describe and quantify the changes detectable in the general physical examination;
At the end of the training, the student must be able to:
- produce a report on the animals visited and 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 vocational subjects of the fourth and fifth year of the course
At the end of the training, the student must be able to:
- set up a professional interview methodology with teachers, pet owners and colleagues engaged in clinical activity, such as to ensure the acquisition of always new useful information in clinical practice;
- possess a sufficiently broad mastery of the subject to guarantee an acceptable basis to continue successfully in the study of the professionalizing clinical subjects of the fourth and fifth year of the course
The first-aid basic ADE represents a first practical approach to emergency clinical activities. The maximum profit is obtained if the student has knowledge derived from the "Red Week Basic Course" and the teachings of the Medical, Surgical and Obstetric Methodology
Teaching methods
Participation in Emergency Services and First Aid Assistance under the Staff Supervision
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);
Learning verification modality
There is no evaluation in the form of a oral or written exam, but each student will have to prepare a detailed report on the activity. This report must be compiled on UNISTUDIUM according to the instructions contained in the assignment section. The teacher evaluates the report and assigns a score (max 30/30) that is intended to indicate to the student the value of the product but does not have the value of exam grade. Student preparation is evaluated during the practical activity and on the basis of the presented report. 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 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
Extended program
The course is held within the facilities of the University of Veterinary Medicine.
The activities take place in 2 shifts for a total of 25 hours, which are to be held between 17:00 and 08:30 from Monday to Friday.
Studentes are allowed to attend these activity also during holidays, if they want.
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