Second cycle degree in

Animal science and technology (2020/2021)

Class: LM-86 - Livestock management

Class LM-86 - Livestock management
Duration 2 years
Branch Legnaro
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
President of the Course of Study GEROLAMO XICCATO
Access Open access with admission requirements

The second Call for applications A.Y. 2020/21 for international students is available on apply.unipd.it according to the following timeline:

  • 7th April-7th June: non-EU applicants residing outside Italy
  • 7th April-7th July: EU applicants of equivalent



  Deepening

Characteristics and objectives
The programme provides advanced competences in animal husbandry and the professional skills to carry out complex planning and coordination in rapidly changing economic, social, environmental and ethical scenarios. Graduates also acquire the training principles and background to enter employment and work independently by using their expertise and critical thinking.
Graduates are able to:
1) improve the use of internal and market resources in the livestock farm to enhance its technical and economic efficiency;
2) harmonize the practices to meet the demand of protection and improvement of animal welfare and conservation of local biodiversity, taking into account the environmental and economic impacts and the sustainability at farm and regional level;
3) enhance and innovate animal products (product and process quality, and traceability) in the agri-food chains.
The programme is organised into three areas:
a) efficiency of production processes and quality of animal products, which are developed through teaching activities dealing with the analysis of the evolution of the agri-food chains with regard to society needs, product and process quality of milk, meat and fish, hygiene and health of animal products;
b) protection of animal welfare, biodiversity and the environment, which are developed through teaching activities dealing with the improvement of animal wellbeing in livestock farms and the development of sustainable livestock systems, the management of biodiversity and food safety, the improvement of feeding strategies to reduce the environmental impact of livestock sector;
c) economic, statistical and IT tools for livestock farms and the agricultural chain, which are provided through teaching activities dealing with the economic assessment of rural areas and livestock farms, the project of livestock facilities and systems for the management and valorization of animal wastes, the statistical and IT tools applied to the agri-food chain, the strengthening of English language and the introduction to professional activity.

Occupational opportunities
Graduates can be employed in:
- companies involved in: genetic selection and improvement of livestock species; acquisition and manufacturing of raw materials, animal feedstuff and supplements; breeding and rearing of livestock animals; planning and design of livestock housing facilities and the storage and disposal of livestock wastes; production, transformation and marketing of animal products;
- breeders organizations and associations, livestock chain industries, including the manufacturing and transformation of animal products; consumer associations;
- business organizations, mass market retailers;
- public and private bodies which carry out activities focused on the planning, analysis, control, certification and statistical analyses at farm and regional level on issues concerning the protection and valorization of food production, and the safeguard of animal welfare, biodiversity and environment;
- teaching of agronomy and livestock husbandry disciplines at the high school;
- private activity as agronomist and zoonomist.