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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Main aim of the course is to furnish to the student a good knowledge about health issues in aquaculture and strategies for their prevention. In particular, the student will acquire knowledge on the most important transmissible diseases of farmed fish and their impact in aquaculture, biosecurity measures aimed to prevent their occurrence in fish farms, also in consideration of the current normative, and public health aspects related to fish diseases. Furthermore the student will acquire knowledge on proper use of drugs and vaccines in aquaculture and practical skills on the diagnostic approach to main transmissible diseases of fish.

Course contents

The course is composed of three modules: Module 1 Morpho-physiology of main farmed fish species, Module 2 Diseases of relevance to aquaculture and Module 3 Biosecurity in aquaculture.

Contents of Module 1 Morpho-physiology of main farmed fish species:Structure, organization and function of the apparatuses of the body of fish species of major importance in aquaculture. Basic mechanisms that govern the functions of the different cell types, tissues, organs and systems of farmed fish species with particular reference to the respiratory, circulatory, excretory, digestive, reproductive apparatuses and to mechanisms related to stress.

Contents of Module 2 Diseases of relevance to aquaculture: Main health issues in aquaculture. Importance and impact of transmissible diseases in aquaculture. Principal factors conditioning the outbreak and the spread of transmissible diseases in different fish farming systems. Main infectious and parasitic diseases of farmed fish: etiopathogenesis, clinical and anatomopathological signs, epidemiology, prevention and control. Diagnostic approach to transmissible diseases in aquaculture. Public health aspects linked to fish diseases.

Contents of Module 3 Biosecurity in aquaculture:Biosecurity in aquaculture. Prevention, control and eradication of fish diseases as provided by current normative. Disinfection, therapy and vaccination in aquaculture.



Notes by the teacher on the Piattaforma "Insegnamenti OnLine" (https://iol.unibo.it/)

Fisiologia degli animali marini. Alessandro Poli, Elena Fabbri. EdiSES s.r.l, Napoli 2012

Fish diseases and disorders. vol 3 Viral, bacterial and fungal infections. (2011) Eds P.T.K.Woo & D.W. Bruno, CABI Publishing

Fish Diseases and Disorders. Vol I. Protozoan and Metazoan Infections (2006), Ed. P.T.K. Woo, CAB Intern., Wallingford, UK.

Fish Diseases (2008), Vol. 1 e Vol. 2, Eds. Eiras e coll., Science Publishers, Enfield, USA.

OIE Aquatic Animal Health Code and OIE Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals (last edition online www.oie.int )

Teaching methods

The course consists of 8 CFU (48 hours) and is composed of three modules: Module 1 Morpho-physiology of main farmed fish species (2 CFU, 12 hours of theoretical lectures), Module 2 Diseases of relevance to aquaculture (4 CFU, 24 hours of which 20 theoretical and 4 practical) and Module 3 Biosecurity in aquaculture (2 CFU, 12 hours of theoretical lectures). The theoretical lectures take place in a teaching room properly supplied with multimedia equipment (internet-connected PC and PC video-projector), using presentations based on power-point slides, and the practical lectures in a properly equipped teaching lab.

Assessment methods

The assessment of learning is through an oral final exam, which aims at testing the knowledge acquired by the student on the topics covered during the lectures as well as to assess the methodological and critical skills acquired on prevention and control of main transmissible diseases in aquaculture and on the related competences of veterinarians.

Teaching tools

PC video-projector, web-connected PC, teaching lab.

Office hours

See the website of Marialetizia Fioravanti

See the website of Albamaria Parmeggiani