69957 - Core Clinical Training in Animal Reproduction

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Marco Cunto
  • Credits: 5
  • SSD: VET/10
  • Language: Italian
  • Moduli: Marco Cunto (Modulo 1) Marco Cunto (Modulo 2) Daniele Zambelli (Modulo 3) Giulia Ballotta (Modulo 4) Barbara Merlo (Modulo 5) Eleonora Iacono (Modulo 6) Gaetano Mari (Modulo 7) Jole Mariella (Modulo 8) Carolina Castagnetti (Modulo 9) Jole Mariella (Modulo 10)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2) Traditional lectures (Modulo 3) Traditional lectures (Modulo 4) Traditional lectures (Modulo 5) Traditional lectures (Modulo 6) Traditional lectures (Modulo 7) Traditional lectures (Modulo 8) Traditional lectures (Modulo 9) Traditional lectures (Modulo 10)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Veterinary Medicine (cod. 8617)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the training period, the student knows the procedures and criteria (related to different species and situations) to perform clinical, instrumental and lab pregnancy diagnosis, and to monitor it in physiological and pathological conditions, both of maternal and fetal origins. The student knows the physiology and the assistance at an eutocic delivery, the obstetric manual skills in case of dystocia, and the main pathologies of pueperium and the neonatal cares, for healthy or sick neonates. The student is able to diagnose the main congenital and acquired pathologies of male and female reproductive tract causing low fertility or infertility and the medical or surgical therapeutics protocols. The student acquire the criteria for planning and apply artificial insemination, including semen evaluation.

Course contents

The contents of the training period contribute to the learning outcomes of the CI “Clinica Osterica e ginecologica veterinaria”, which includes the modules "Clinica ostetrico-ginecologica e andrologica degli animali da compagnia", "Clinica ostetrico-ginecologica e andrologica degli animali da reddito, "Perinatologia veterinaria".

Students will follow clinical cases of obstetric/gynaecological/andrological interest and will take care of the neonates referred to the University Veterinary Hospital of the Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences. They will learn the compilation of medical records and anamnesis, performing a clinical exam in male and female with differential diagnosis, performing of basic reproductive procedures, and the principles of the neonatal intensive therapy.

The Syllabus of the course unit and the list of EAEVE Day One Competences that the course unit contributes to achieving can be viewed on the dedicated page.


- Johnston SD, Root Kustritz MV, Olson PNS, Canine and Feline Theriogenology ,Saunders WB Company, 2001.

- Feldman EC, Nelson RW, “Canine and Feline Endocrinology and Reproduction, Saunders Comp, Philadelphia, 1999.

- England G, Von Heimendahl A, Canine and feline reproduction and Neonatology BSAVA manual, 2010.

- Farabolini M, Majolino G, Spallarossa M, Zambelli D, Manual of obstetrics and neonatology of the dog and cat, Elsevier Srl, 2010

- McKinnon AO, Squires EL, Vaala WE, Varner DD, Equine Reproduction, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

- Veronesi MC, Castagnetti C , Neonatologia Veterinaria, Taverne M.A.M. EdiSES, 2012

- Paradis MR, Equine Neonatal Medicine – a case-based approach, Saunders, 2006;

- Sanchez LC, The Veterinary Clinics of North America – Equine Practice: Neonatal Medicine and Surgery, Vol 21, 2005

Further material is available to students in the web (see http://campus.cib.unibo.it or the website of the teachers)

Teaching methods

The student will follow the teacher in the daily clinical activity on referred animals or on animals housed at affiliated clinics/farms, and the veterinarians of the University Veterinary Hospital during the treatment of hospitalized animals.

Student must wear white coat or green and accident prevention shoes during activities with large animals. When necessary, DPI (ex. gloves, disposable coats and boot covers, etc.) will be provided.

Clinical activity will be completed by sessions of discussion of clinical cases.

In consideration of the types of activities and teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the performance of all the students of modules 1 and 2 in e-learning mode and the participation in module 3 of specific training on safety and health in the places of study. Information on dates and methods of attendance of module 3 can be consulted in the specific section of the degree program website.

Assessment methods

The training period is part of the CI “Clinica Osterica e ginecologica veterinaria”, which includes also the modules "Clinica ostetrico-ginecologica e andrologica degli animali da compagnia", "Clinica ostetrico-ginecologica e andrologica degli animali da reddito, "Perinatologia veterinaria". The teacher verbalizing the CI is Prof. Gaetano Mari.

Attendance to the training in Animal Reproduction will be evaluated through the verification of signatures on the form provided by the staff of the Service during the training period.

The acquisition of skills and competencies will be evaluated by the staff of the Service during the training activities. The staff confirms the acquisition of such skills by putting the signature in the form. The teacher in charge of the training will verify that all the required skills are acquired.

Teaching tools

Teaching animals and cases spontaneously referred to the University Veterinary Hospital.

PC for data consultation and support for online sessions.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Marco Cunto

See the website of Daniele Zambelli

See the website of Giulia Ballotta

See the website of Barbara Merlo

See the website of Eleonora Iacono

See the website of Gaetano Mari

See the website of Jole Mariella

See the website of Carolina Castagnetti

See the website of Jole Mariella


Life on land

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.