Unit ADE - Veterinary emergency in OVUD - advanced course

Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
In all curricula
Francesco Porciello
  • Francesco Porciello
  • 25 ore - Francesco Porciello
Course Regulation
Coorte 2019
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
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, to indicate the best clinical and therapeutical approach, maintain calm in that condition, and collaborate with punctuality on the therapeutic maneuvers needed to stabilize and monitor the patientRegarding the descriptors of the didactic objectives, the course can be summarized as follows: D1 - KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
The student must
- have knowledge of the clinical methods of approaching animals in the emergency room through questioning the owner, observing the animal and identifying particular signs of disease and involvement of different systems;
- know the methods of particular physical examination of the individual systems in the animal in the emergency room and the methods of clinical staging;
- know the characteristics and methods of use of instrumental diagnostic equipment and for images useful in emergencies and first aid
At the end of the training, the student must:
- being able to perform the particular physical examination of the individual animal systems in emergency conditions;
- know how to use the results of instrumental tests to confirm the diagnostic suspicion and formulate the quantification of the severity of the emergency;
- know how to participate in stabilization maneuvers;
- know how to monitor the animal's clinical conditions.
At the end of the training, the student must be able to:
- describe and quantify the clinical emergency;
- judge and quantify changes in clinical conditions being monitored;
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 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 for continuing profitably in the study of professional clinical subjects of the fifth year of the course
This course is the advanced step of the basic course
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 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 teacher evaluates the report and assigns a score out of thirty which has the purpose of indicating to the student the value of what is produced but does not have the value of an exam grade. The suitability of the student is assessed during the performance of the practical teaching activities and on the basis of the report presented. The hours of attendance required are certified on a form countersigned by the veterinarians on duty in the emergency room. The signature form must be uploaded to UNISTUDIUM together with the final 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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