Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
In all curricula
Maria Pia Franciosini
  • Maria Pia Franciosini
  • 62.5 ore - Maria Pia Franciosini
Course Regulation
Coorte 2014
Learning activities
Tirocini formativi e di orientamento
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
-Visits to intensive and organic broiler farms
-Visits to organic and conventional farming of layers.
-Autopsy of different species of domestic and wild birds.
-Collection of biological samples and bacteriological tests for diagnostic purposes
-Reading and understanding antibiogram
-Histological diagnosis applied to bird diseases
Identification of gross lesions reported to bird diseases by slides
Reference texts
no textbook
Educational objectives
During the traineeship the student should acquire ability in:
-evaluation of the health and well-being status of birds by clinical inspections in farm.
- Evaluation of the adequacy of indirect and direct prophylaxis plans applied in the farms
- ability to formulate a suspicious and / or definitive diagnosis by performing autopsies, bacteriological, and histological examinations
- ability to set up therapeutic programs also with the antibiogram support
- ability to set up vaccination protocols and disinfection plans
The student must have - knowledge related to microbiology and infectious diseases aimed at the identification of etiological agents and at their pathogenetic mechanisms to formulate a diagnosis and apply appropriate therapeutic and vaccination protocols
- knowledge related to pathological anatomy aimed at the identification of gross lesions during autopsy
- knowledge related to nutrition and animal husbandry as several poultry diseases are technopathies, due to incorrect management
Teaching methods
he traineeship of avian pathology is mainly characterized by practical activities
- visits to the farm
- observation of histological preparations
- reading of bacteriological examination and antibiogram
- slides of gross lesions characteristic of the most common infectious diseases in birds
Learning verification modality
The learning assessment is daily and is carried out, depending on the case: through the necropsies of birds , clinical examinations in farms , behavior in simulations of emergency states (eg avian flu) or of other notifiable infectious diseases. (Salmonellosis, Tuberculosis , chlamydiosis, etc.).
The student is asked to put into practice what he / she should have acquired during the teaching course
Extended program
The traineeship is organized in 15 days:
1) visits in farms
2) observations slides concerning gross lesions of the most common bacterial diseases
3) necropsy of birds
4) observation of histological preparations suggestive for diagnosis
5) necropsy of birds
6) visit in farms
7)observations slides concerning gross lesions of the most common viral diseases
8) Private and Public veterinarian in salmonellosis outbreak simulation
9) observations of lesion concerning the most common non infectious diseases
10) necropsy of birds
11) Private and Public veterinarian in flu outbreak simulation
12) necropsy of birds
13) Bacteriological diagnostics: reading of bacterial culture and antibiograms
14)Planning vaccine program in different species of birds (chickens, turkeys, pigeons and game birds) and productive categories (eggs, meat, breeder)
15) Necropsy of birds
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