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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: 1) acquires the knowledge on the livestock health and management of the different types of intensive pig farms (farrow-to-weaning, farrow‐to‐finish, finishing, multisite); 2) he is able to identify the main transmissible and non-transmissible pathology present in the farm through an integrated approach of knowledge on environmental and zootechnical risk factors, epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis; 3) he will also be able to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of biosecurity measures and direct and indirect prophylaxis.

Course contents

The person responsible to record the mark for this exam is Prof. Giuseppe Sarli.

For the topics listed below, the student must be able to provide integrated knowledge.

Module 1 (Giuseppe Sarli) Macroscopic and microscopic pathology and diagnosis and Module 2 (Gianfranco Militerno) Necroscopy

  • Identification of the most important pathologies in the farm through the assessment of the environmental, structural and zootechnical risk factors and definition of diagnostic protocols (etiology and diagnosis).

Module 3 (Fabio Ostanello) Biosecurity against bacterial and viral diseases and Module 4 (Roberta Galuppi) Biosecurity against parasitic diseases

  • Planning of direct and indirect prophylaxis measures, implementation or improvement of internal and external biosecurity practices.

Module 5 (Luca Sardi) Improvement of livestock management aimed at improving the health

  • Planning of zootechnical strategies for limiting the impact of environmental risk factors (temperature, humidity, ventilation, air quality, adaptation of structures, batches management production and pig flow, feeding).


Diseases of swine. 11th ed., Wiley

De las Heras Guillamòn M., García de Jalón J.A.: Guida alla diagnosi necroscopica in patologia suina, vol.56. Iniziative Zooprofilattiche e Zootecniche - Brescia - 2004, http://www.fondiz.it/ 


Teaching methods

The course is aimed at fostering a holistic view of the management of communicable diseases in intensive pig farms. Through a proper anamnestic and diagnostic approach, the causes of the main transmissible pathologies and the related risk factors will be identified. Subsequently, health and livestock strategies will be planned to reduce the economic and health impact of the diseases. Finally, the methods for evaluating the results achieved will be implemented.

The course is divided into two phases:

a) Introductory / theoretical phase in which the teachers, through lectures, provide basic concepts relating to the topics of their competence.

b) Practical phase in which students work on a "clinical case" under the supervision of the teachers and for which they have to set the input data (company reality, pathology and diagnostic process) and output data (plan strategies and indicate monitoring results).

Assessment methods

  • The evaluation is expressed with a mark out of thirty.
  • The test is passed with a score of at least 18/30 in each part of the IC.
  • In the event of maximum marks (30/30), honors can be attributed.
  • The student has the right to refuse the verbalization of the proposed positive grade at least once.
  • In case of failure of the exam, there are no limits to register for the next session.
  • Students with disability must contact by email the teacher and the staff in charge for disabilities in order to have adaptations during lessons or evaluation phase.

The evaluation of students attending the course will take into account two aspects:

  • Result of a written test on the topics covered in the introductory part.
  • Critical vision and awareness of the problems faced during the practical phase

Teaching tools

Video projector

Autopsy room

Office hours

See the website of Giuseppe Sarli

See the website of Gianfranco Militerno

See the website of Fabio Ostanello

See the website of Roberta Galuppi

See the website of Luca Sardi