Animal care First cycle degree

prof. Lieta Marinelli


Class: L-38 - Zoology

Duration: 3 years

Branch: Legnaro

Language: English



EU students and non-EU students with residency in Italy: 35

Number of non-EU students resident abroad: 4

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Brief overview of the course

Characteristics and objectives
The course targets Italian and foreign students interested in the field of animal care, in national and international contexts, offering a unique educational pathway in the Mediterranean area of Europe.
The main purpose of the international undergraduate degree course in Animal Care is the achievement of knowledge, skills and competences in order to develop qualified human resources, specialized in animal care and welfare, in different sectors but mainly in relation to an individual view of the animal.
The qualifying element of this course is the combination of cultural aspects provided by the degree class and those related to ethology, stress and pain monitoring, bioethics and communication techniques. The learning pathway includes study plans and/or specific curriculum in the sphere of laboratory animals, wild animals, animals for recreational use, in order to enrich the student experience and provide an adequate and up-to-date professional positioning. In the last phase of the course the students will have access to a specific apprenticeship.
In order to foster an educational environment aimed at internationalization, consortia at European level shall be arranged to promote Erasmus Mundus study programmes. The scholarships provided by such programmes allow the attendance of the entire university course. The activation of the bilateral agreements Erasmus plus (EU) shall be established to ease student mobility when participating in apprenticeships and writing their dissertation abroad.

Occupational opportunities
The graduate in Animal Care is prepared to take care of the animal and protect its wellbeing. The work varies depending on the area considered: from the care of wildlife in a controlled environment, for educational, research and preservation purposes, to that of coadjutor in support of veterinarians or expert in the monitoring and care of animals intended for recreational, research, educational, sports and assistance activities. In addition, the training received will allow graduates to connect and integrate the actions promoted by more specialized professionals (veterinarian, biologist, zoologist, etc.) who work in the field of animal care.

Access modalities
This first cycle degree program allows access to:
- any of the second cycle degree programs Class: LM-86 Livestock management offered in the Italian universities
- a second cycle degree course offered by foreign universities. This option is strictly related to the possibility to create strategic partnerships with other countries in order to improve student mobility.

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