35596 - Semeiotics and Internal Medicine of Companion Animals

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The activation of a course on Semiotics and Veterinary Internal Medicine of Companion Animals which focuses on pet, responds on the need to provide students, already in the fourth year of study, specific training useful to adequately fellow the course of Clinical and Therapy of Companion Animals of the follow year. In particular, the course of Semiotics and Veterinary Internal Medicine of Companion Animals, aims to provide students with the integration of the semiologic data and the knowledge of the most important diseases of medical interest that may involve several organ systems. At the end of the course the student is able to interpret the symptoms related to the diseases of different organs and learn about the ethiology, pathogenesis and clinical picture of the main diseases of the medical field, most frequently affecting dogs and cat.

Course contents

1. Introduction

Lesson topic: introduction to the subject, definition of the common points with previous and future exams, explanation of the structure of the exam. Scheduled hours 1

2. Gastroenterology

Lesson topic: Regurgitation. Scheduled hours 1

3. Gastroenterology

Lesson topic: Vomiting / diarrhea Scheduled hours 4

4. Gastroenterology

Lesson topic: acute abdomen Scheduled hours 1

5. Gastroenterology - practice

Topic: Gastroenterological clinical examination. Scheduled hours 2

6. Gastroenterology / cardiology

Lesson topic: Increase in abdomen volume. Scheduled hours 1

7. Pneumology

Lesson topic: Sneezing, nasal discharge, nasal occlusion Scheduled hours 1

8. Pneumology

Lesson topic: Cough  Scheduled hours 6

9. Pneumology / cardiology

Lesson topic: Dyspnea Scheduled hours 1

10. Cardiology / pneumology  - practice

Topic: Cardiological and penumological examination. Scheduled hours 2

11. Cardiology / endocrinology

Lesson topic: Asthenia / syncope Scheduled hours 1

12. Endocrinology

Lesson topic: Alteration of the Body Condition Score Scheduled hours 1

13. Endocrinology / Nephrology

Lesson topic: Polyuria / polydipsia Scheduled hours 4

14. Endocrinology  - practice

Lesson topic: Visit of patients with endocrinological diseases Scheduled hours 2

15. Nephrology / Urology

Lesson topic: Anuria / dysuria / stranguria Scheduled hours 2

16. Nephrology - practice

Lesson topic: Visit of patients with nephro / urological diseases Scheduled hours 2

17. Hematology

Lesson topic: Alteration of the mucosal membrane color Scheduled hours 1

18. Hematology

Lesson topic: Lymphadenomegaly Scheduled hours 1

19. Neurology

Lesson topic: Alteration of behaviour Expected hours 1

20. Neurology

Lesson topic: Head tilt Scheduled hours 1

21. Neurology

Lesson topic: Seizure disorders Scheduled hours 2

22. Neurology

Lesson topic: Paralysis / paresis Sscheduled hours 2

23. Neurology -  practice

Lesson topic: Visit of patients with neurological diseases Scheduled hours 2

24. Dermatology

Lesson topic: Alopecia Scheduled hours 2

25. Dermatology

Lesson topic: Itching Scheduled hours 2

26. Final practice

Topic: Tutorial guided clinical case (IOL) c o computer lab Hours scheduled 2


RW Nelson and CG Couto Small Animal Internal Medicine V ed Elsevier srl

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of lectures (36 hours) and practical classes (12 x 4 hours). In order to allow an effective participation in tutorials, practical classes will be made by dividing the students into four groups, each of which will be paid the same hours of exercise. The exercises are designed to acquire, on patients of the Animal Hospital, the proper execution of specific objectives of the different organ systems.

Assessment methods

Oral exmination

Teaching tools

Every lesson will associate to several movies about the main diseases studied.

All the lessons will be downloaded on IOL (http://iol.unibo.it/), a program that will also host virtual clinical examination exercises.


Office hours

See the website of Marco Pietra

See the website of Francesco Dondi