First cycle degree in

Animal care

Class: L-38 - Zoology

Class L-38 - Zoology
Duration 3 years
Branch Legnaro
Language English
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Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator LIETA MARINELLI
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Reference structures Department of comparative biomedicine and food science, School of agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine

Next Call for applications - A.Y. 2021/22:

  • 7th January-7th March - APPLICATION WEBSITE (international students). If any places are still available after the first Call, a second Call will open in June 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.

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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

1st Year 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 [ CAMILLA FERRANTE ] 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 ] 2nd Year BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE FOR ANIMAL CARE GENERAL CONCEPTS IN PHARMACO-TOXICOLOGY COMMUNICATION SKILLS ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND WELFARE COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY GENERAL PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY TECHNIQUES PRINCIPLES OF PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF TRANSMISSIBLE ANIMAL DISEASES COMPARATIVE ANIMAL REPRODUCTION, NEONATOLOGY AND BREEDING TECHNIQUES BASICS OF ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEEDING 3rd Year WILD AND ZOO ANIMALS' HUSBANDRY, MANAGEMENT AND WELFARE COMPARATIVE ECOLOGY AND ETHOLOGY AQUATIC ANIMAL MANAGEMENT, ECOLOGY AND ETHOLOGY POST-MORTEM INVESTIGATIONS AND BIOMOLECULAR TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO AQUATIC VERTEBRATES COMPARATIVE PATHOLOGY ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, ETHOLOGY AND WELFARE IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ANIMAL CARE IN RESEARCH CLINICAL SETTINGS PRINCIPLE OF POST-MORTEM TECHNIQUES AND TISSUE SAMPLING AQUATIC ANIMAL CARE IN CLINICAL SETTINGS WILD AND ZOO ANIMAL CARE IN CLINICAL SETTINGS EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS IN ANIMAL RESEARCH