35665 - Obstetrics-Gynaecology and Andrology in Companion Animals

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

Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Purpose of the course of "Clinical obstetrics and gynecology and andrology companion animal" is to provide the students with the tools to perform:

- a complete physical examination of the male genitalia and female genitalia in pregnant or not pregnant subject

- medical tests to determine the state of health of an animal

- a therapy.

Course contents

Presentation of the course
Clinical specialist examination
Diseases of not pregnant female genital tract
Diseases of pregnant female genital tract
Diagnosis of pregnancy
Termination of pregnancy
Induction, prevention and suppression ovarian activity
Ovulation and evaluation of optimal time for breeding
Diseases of the male genital tract
Iinfertility in male and female


The educational material consists of suggested books, and the material available in the following websites (https://iol.unibo.it/ or http://campus.cib.unibo.it or http:/ / www.unibo.it / teachers / daniele.zambelli).

In particular, the recommended books are:

-S.D. Johnston, M.V. Root Kustritz, P.N.S. Olson, Canine and Feline Theriogenology W.B. Saunders Company, 2001.

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

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

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

Teaching methods

The course consists of 24 hours Total 15 hours of frontal lessons and 9 hours of practical classes.

If needed, the frontal and practical lessons can be delivered in remote or mixed mode (remote and presence).

a. lectures

Lectures involve the use of PowerPoint presentations supplemented by numerous clinical cases useful to the description of various diseases. In addition, to improve the understanding, presentations are accompanied by numerous images on different aspects of the pathology or diagnostic imaging frameworks, such as ultrasound or x-rays and cytology.

In detail, the lessons will be carried out by treating the diseases with the following scheme:

• Collection of anamnesis

• Symptoms, physical examination and differential diagnosis

• Specific diagnostic techniques

• Definitive diagnosis

• medical and surgical therapies

b. practical lessons

The practical lessons are carried out by dividing the students into four groups, to form groups of about 25 students.

The practical lessons are carried out using real clinical cases in the presence of the patient in the clinic or operating room or, alternatively, PowerPoint presentations will be used for group discussion of the case.

“To enter in the labs,  ambulatory or operating room it is necessary wear white coat. If necessary other PPE will be provided”.

Assessment methods

Oral examination

The purpose of the oral examination is to evaluate the skill of the student to apply his store of knowledge and to correctly perform logical-deductive connections. Usually the oral examination is based on the presentation of a clinical case, possibly supported by the viewing of images and/or videos. The student is asked to make a list of differential diagnoses and to discuss what elements are pros and cons of the various hypotheses, and to suggest how to reach the final diagnosis and to decide the treatment plan. During the examination the student have to answer to in-depth questions related to the topic discussed.

Is very important that the student uses a correct lexicon and that he reasons transversally, connecting all the topics of the course and the knowledge from previous courses.

The score can be from 0 (zero) to 30 cum laude. The examination is passed if the student has achieved a score of at least 18 points.

 The exam is registered by Prof. G. Mari

Teaching tools

The lectures are carried out in the classroom using PC and video projector.

The practical lessons are performed in the laboratory, clinic and surgery room using anatomical preparations, models and animals afferent to the Department.

Office hours

See the website of Daniele Zambelli