93982 - Farm Biosecurity And Zoonotic Diseases Prevention

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Food Safety and Food Risk Management (cod. 9140)

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able: to assess the quality of biosecurity measures applied in farms and manage the risk factors; to propose practical, economically feasible and flexible initiatives to reduce the zoonotic hazards at primary production level.

Course contents

The course will treat the control measures that can be applied on farm to control zoonosis and food borne infectious disease to implement a longitudinal integrated food safety assurance approach in the pre -harvest phase of the food chain, in compliance with national and international guidelines and legislation.
Lessons will deliver outlines on the major zoonosis and will cover principles of biosecurity, vaccination and hygiene practices applied in food producing animal farms.
The practical part of the course will consist of visits to farms to practice the assessment of possible risk factors related to their structural characteristics and management. Working groups will be formed for the preparation of reports on the overall risks identified in the visited farms, discussion of the collected data and proposals to effectively achieve zoonosis prevention, improvement of animal health and welfare and consequently increase food safety.


Files of the power point presentation of the lessons and the seminars will be provided to the students.

Teaching methods

Front lectures, seminars held by experts and visits to farms.

Assessment methods

The assessment takes place through an oral interview.

Teaching tools

Power Point presentations; visit to farms; working groups.

Office hours

See the website of Caterina Lupini


Zero hunger Good health and well-being

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