First cycle degree in

Animal care (2020/2021)

Class: L-38 - Zoology

Class L-38 - Zoology
Duration 3 years
Branch Legnaro
Language English
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Tuition fees and scholarships
President of the Course of Study LIETA MARINELLI
Access Restricted
Reference structures Department of comparative biomedicine and food science, Scuola di agraria e medicina veterinaria

Applications for A.Y. 2020/21 are currently closed. The next Call for applications (A.Y. 2021/22) will be published in January 2021.

Held entirely in English, the course offers an international scope and an unparalleled training pathway. The general care of animals and their well-being are the core of your training, with specific attention to individual animals. The theme of the course combines animal species and specific topics to each animal. Topics include a deeper understanding of scientific research, nature conservation for both aquatic and land animals, as well recreation and education. You can make the most of the international dimension of the course by taking advantage of the many possibilities offered by various international mobility programs or by continuing your studies with a second level degree in a foreign university. The proposed educational pathway will allow you to work on wildlife protection as well as monitoring activities linking to managing care and health interventions instructed by specialist such as veterinary doctors, biologists, and zoologists.

  Deepening

Characteristics and objectives

The course is addressed to Italian and foreign students interested in animal species care and welfare at national and international level, and offers a unique educational pathway in the Mediterranean area of Europe.
The international undergraduate degree course in Animal Care mainly aims at enabling students to achieve knowledge, skills and competences for them to be qualified and specialised in animal care and welfare, in different sectors but mainly with a focus on each 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 field of scientific research, wildlife conservation, in aquatic and terrestrial contexts, 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, 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 Erasmus plus (EU) bilateral agreements 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, rescue and rehabilitation 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 (veterinarians, biologists, zoologists, etc.) who work in the field of animal care.

From Bachelor's degree to Master's degree

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

  Teaching list

I Anno BIOETHICS (MOD.A) [ BARBARA DE MORI ] PRACTICAL TRAINING [ LIETA MARINELLI ] APPLIED ANIMAL GENETICS (MOD. B) [ VALENTINA BONFATTI ] GENERAL BIOLOGY (MOD. A) [ ENRICO MASSIMILIANO NEGRISOLO ] COMPARATIVE ANIMAL ANATOMY [ CRISTINA BALLARIN ] APPLIED CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY [ -- -- ] APPLIED MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS [ SANDRO AZAELE ] RELEVANT LEGISLATION AND ANIMAL PROTECTION (MOD. B) [ LETIZIA MINGARDO ] FINAL DISSERTATION [ -- -- ] BIOETHICS AND LEGISLATION (C.I) [ BARBARA DE MORI ] ANIMAL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS (C.I) [ ENRICO MASSIMILIANO NEGRISOLO ] II Anno PHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF PAIN, SUFFERING AND DISTRESS, GENERAL ETHOLOGY AND ANIMAL COGNITION [ LIETA MARINELLI ] GENERAL CONCEPTS IN PHARMACO-TOXICOLOGY [ MAURO DACASTO ] COMMUNICATION SKILLS [ CHIARA DI BENEDETTO ] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND WELFARE [ MARTA BRSCIC ] COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY [ GIANFRANCO GABAI ] GENERAL PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY TECHNIQUES [ LAURA CAVICCHIOLI ] PRINCIPLES OF PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF TRANSMISSIBLE ANIMAL DISEASES [ FEDERICA MARCER ] COMPARATIVE ANIMAL REPRODUCTION, NEONATOLOGY AND BREEDING TECHNIQUES [ CHIARA MILANI ] BASICS OF ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING [ LUCIA BAILONI ] III Anno LABORATORY ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, ETHOLOGY AND WELFARE [ MARCO CULLERE ] WILD ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, MANAGEMENT AND WELFARE [ GIORGIO MARCHESINI ] COMPARATIVE ECOLOGY AND ETHOLOGY [ MASSIMO MILAN ] COMPARATIVE PATHOLOGY [ RANIERI VERIN ] PRINCIPLE OF POST-MORTEM TECHNIQUES AND TISSUE SAMPLING [ SANDRO MAZZARIOL ] LABORATORY ANIMAL CARE IN CLINICAL SETTINGS AND PAIN ASSESSMENT [ GIULIA MARIA DE BENEDICTIS ] WILD ANIMAL CARE IN CLINICAL SETTINGS [ -- -- ] STATISTICS OF EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS AND THE THREE RS ISSUES [ VALENTINA BONFATTI ]

Entry requirements

  • Secondary school diploma (or higher)
  • Good command of Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Analytical and Logic skills
  • English language: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent
  • Suggested optional requirements: SAT score report  (Scholastic Attitude Test only; the optional Essay is not required) with a score greater or equal 50% of the score scale would be an asset.  Make sure to check well in advance the available date for the SAT Test in the official website.
    All candidates will be required to take an entry interview with the Programme selection commitee.