00767 - Avian Diseases

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  • Teacher Elena Catelli

  • Credits 3

  • SSD VET/05

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Veterinary Medicine (cod. 8617)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


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

Zero hunger Good health and well-being Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

After completing of the course the student knows the main poultry diseases, biosecurity measures and vaccination plans applied to poultry. He will be able: to make diagnosis of the major poultry diseases, to set up biosecurity program and define specific vaccination programs for poultry.

Course contents

introduction  and cross-sectional lessons

- Biosecurity (3h)

- Vaccines and vaccination in poultry (3h)

Viral diseases:

-  Newcastle Disease (3h)

-  Avian Influenza (3h)

-  Avian Metapneumovirus infections (2h)

- Infectious Bronchitis (2h)

- Infectious Laryngotracheitis  (1h)

- Fowlpox (1h)

- Marek's disease and retrovirus infections (3h)

- Infectious bursal disease (1h)

- Reovirus and Adenovirus  infections (1h)

- Infectious anemia and avian encefalomielitis  (1h)

Bacterial diseases :

- Avian Salmonellosis (3h)

- Colibacillosis (2h)

- Avian Tubercolosis  and other bacterial diseases   (1h)

- Mycoplasmosis(2h)

Parasitic diseases:

- Coccidiosis(2h)

- Histomoniasis, Trichomoniasis; Ectoparasites and Worms(2h)


Files of Power point presentations

  • Asdrubali G e Fioretti A. - Manuale di Patologia Aviare- Le Point Veterinaire Italie - Milano, 2009.
  • Diseases of Poultry, 13th Edition- David E. Swayne (Editor-in-Chief), J. R. Glisson (Associate Editor), L. R. McDougald (Associate Editor), L. K. Nolan (Associate Editor), D. L. Suarez (Associate Editor), V. L. Nair (Associate Editor) Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
  • Diseases of Poultry, 12th Edition - Saif Y.M. (Editor-in-Chief), Fadly A.M., Glisson J. R. , McDougald L.R., Nolan L.K., Swyne D.E. (Associate Editors), Wiley-Blackwell, June 2008.
  • Pattison M., McMullin P., Bradbury J., Alexander D., Poultry Diseases, 6th Edition.,Saunders Ltd, 2007.
  • Calnek B.W, Barnes H.J., Beard C.W., Mc Dougald L.R. and Saif Y.M. Patologia Aviare, 10a edizione. Ed. italiana a cura di Quaglio G., Gallazzi D., Cerruti Sola S., Tacconi G., Camarda A. Capua I., Franciosi C. Piccin Nuova Libraria S.p.A., Padova, 2001.
  • Randall C.J. A Cololour Atlas of Diseases and Disorders of Domestic fowls and Turkeys. Mosby, 1990.

    Link utili

  • http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/#/

  • http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/

Teaching methods

For each disease the aetiological, epidemiological , diagnostic and prophylactic aspects will be considered. The lectures will be supported by pictures of microscopic and macroscopic lesions, obtained from field outbreaks or experimental infections. 


The praticals of the course will be performed during the professional practical Training on avian diseases



Assessment methods

The assessment takes place through  an oral interview:

  • Preparation on a limited number of topics. Analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the teacher. Overall correct language property (18-19)


  • Preparation on a limited number of topics. Autonomous analysis capability. Correct language property (20-24)


  • Preparation on a large number of topics. Ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis. Mastery of specific terminology (25-29)


  • Comprehensive preparation of the topics. Ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis and connection. Full mastery of specific terminology (30-30L)

Verbalising teacher of the integrated course

Elena Catelli

Teaching tools

Classroom supplied with multimedia equipment (web-connected PC and PC video-projector).

Office hours

See the website of Elena Catelli