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Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare  

The School of Specialization in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare lasts three years. There are 15 places available to graduates in Veterinary Medicine.

The School, referring to the Department of Veterinary Medicine (DIMEVET), is aimed at training specialists with advanced knowledge in the field of animal behavior and animal welfare.

The Specialist qualification obtained is recognized by the Ministry of Health for access to areas A and C of the national public veterinary services.

For those enrolled in the Conforming Residency program of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM), the School lectures and practices allow to access the College exam.

The School of Specialization in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare allows to qualify as an Expert in Animal Behaviour recognised by the Ministry of Health and FNOVI.

The enrolment to the School requires an admission test and the assessment of qualifications of the candidates.

Theoretical lessons are offered one day a week at the Department of Veterinary Medicine in Lodi. As for the Behavioural Medicine of dogs and cats, practicals are held at the University Veterinary Hospital, for farm animal species, practicals are held on farm.

Learning objectives

The specialist in Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare will be able to:

- assess whether the breeding and management of animals complies with welfare requirements;

- advise on the best animal management practices to obtain high quality animal products, complying with societal ethical demands;

- advise operators and animal owners on management practices safeguarding animal welfare;

- provide theoretical and practical advise about prevention, dagnosis and treatment of behavioral disorders of dogs and cats;

- understand the risk factors for the main welfare problems in livestock, as well as their mitigating criteria.

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