The aim of the course is to provide and make the student acquire:
1. basic knowledge of Veterinary Epidemiology preparatory to understanding the events related to the development and spread of Infectious Diseases of domestic and wild animals, the possible correlations with human ones based on the concept of "One Health" and the principles of Veterinary Public Health with a view to safeguarding and promoting health in the veterinary field (DOC 1.10) through the application of adequate risk assessment and management measures (DOC 1.3) and the ethical and legal principles underlying the veterinary profession(DOC 1.1).
2. the general principles underlying the main control measures for infectious diseases, the problems connected with their implementation (DOC 1.36) and biosecurity (DOC 1.28). Make the student aware of the importance of contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the veterinary field and of becoming personally capable and protagonist (DOC 1.10)
3. a view of the most important animal infectious diseases (multispecies, ruminants, pigs), their characteristics and possible epidemiological and ecopathological sceneries, information on the national and international epidemiological situation (DOC 2.10), to provide the student with the interpretative tools of the interaction and evolution of infectious diseases in animal populations and the risks of zoonoses (DOC 2.5, 2.6).
4. knowledge and skills on the methods of carrying out diagnostic activities, in particular in livestock diseases, (DOC 1.15, 1.21, 1.24), of the different types of prophylaxis measures and the comprehension of their choice and applicability on the basis of the scientific, logical, economic and epidemiological approach in order to the promotion of animal health and welfare (DOC 1.3,1.32,1.36,2.99).
5. the guidelines of biosecurity measures and control of infectious diseases (DOC 1.28, 1.36), also from a regulatory point of view (DOC 2.7), with particular reference to the protection of human health