Curricula

Academic excellence
Our Faculty is one of Italy’s leading teaching and research institutions in the field offering 6 major programmes and further qualifications.

Research leadership
Our Faculty is committed to developing and sustaining leading biomedical and clinical research. It has a history of focused attention on national and international social, economic, and health areas, as witnessed by the numerous leading foreign research centres as well as developing countries working with us.

The top-ranked professional curricula at our Faculty include:

  • A five-year single-cycle programme of academic study and clinical training leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a second-level degree (Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico in Medicina Veterinaria);
  • A three-year programme of academic study and training leading to the Doctor of  Animal Husbandry and Welfare degree, a first-level degree (Laurea in Allevamento e Benessere Animale);
  • A three-year programme of academic study and training leading to the Doctor of  Animal Husbandry Technologies and Product Quality, a first-level degree (Laurea in Tecnologie delle Produzioni Animali e Qualità dei Prodotti);
  • A three-year programme of academic study and training leading to the Doctor of  Veterinary Biotechnology, a first-level degree (Laurea in Biotecnologie Veterinarie).

First-level degrees can then be followed by:

  • A two-year programme of academic study leading to the Doctor of Animal Husbandry Sciences and Technologies, a second-level degree (Laurea Magistrale in Scienze e Tecnologie delle Produzioni Animali);
  • Or by a two-year programme of academic study leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences (Laurea Magistrale in Scienze Biotecnologiche Veterinarie).

Further qualifications are offered by:

  • 1st and 2nd level Master courses;
  • Three or four- year Doctoral programmes;
  • Specialisation Schools, and Advanced courses.

The curriculum for the Degree in Veterinary Medicine has a general framework established in 1999 by the Ministry of University at a National level and outlined in the law DM 509/1999. According to DM 509/1999 the Degree Course in Veterinary Medicine lasts five years and comprises a total number of 300 credits. Furthermore, the distribution of credits among different disciplines is indicated, giving a compulsory limit consisting in the minimal number of credits that has to be respected for each discipline. Disciplines are grouped into 5 main groups:
a. basic disciplines;
b. characteristic (veterinary) disciplines;
c. similar disciplines;
d. optional disciplines;
e. other activities (English language, informatics, Thesis preparation, pre-professional training).

Recently (2004) the general framework of all university courses, including Veterinary Medicine, has been changed at national level by the law DM 270/2004. A Faculty Commission has been working since 2007 to establish the local curriculum under these new rules. The Degree Course in Veterinary Medicine will last for 5 years for a total amount of 300 credits. However the new curriculum gives the opportunity to correct some criticisms of the “old” curriculum and to introduce appropriate improvements.Changes have been carried out keeping in mind the following general intents:
a. the reorganization of the degree curriculum is an excellent chance to improve the didactical offer;
b. the Faculty has chosen a partial restyling of the existing formative program, targeted to amend the faults of the previous experience;
c. the curriculum has also been based on comparison with the organization of those Italian faculties already accredited and has therefore taken into account EAEVE recommendations;
d. the teaching program is organized for giving a complete curriculum, starting from basic subjects that are progressively integrated by characterizing and integrative subjects. The final goal is to build a good veterinary practitioner. No compensative balance between disciplinary sectors or scientific groups has been taken into account. The percentage of credits for specific (qualifying) subjects and integrative subjects has been increased while the percentage of “basic” and “interrelated”subjects has been decreased. Moreover, new rules for pre-professional training have been prepared and are already applied. An important part of the practical activities will be carried out at the new Large Animal Teading Hospital (LATH) in Lodi, for a total amount of 30 credits.

A final approval of the “new” curriculum has been achieved in early 2009 and it will start with the first year on October 2009. The “new” curriculum will be introduced gradually with a new year course per year, to completely replace the “old” curriculum by 2013.

Within the general national framework, each University has a certain degree of freedom to establish his own curriculum. The decision about the allocation of credits among the different disciplines is taken by the Faculty Council and it may reflect the vocation of the geographical area and/or the expertise of the teachers. The Italian Ministry of Instruction, University and Research (MIUR) establishes a minimum number of credits per discipline or other activities, and a maximum number of credits per group of disciplines. The Faculty can establish its own curriculum, with three main rules to be followed:
a. the number of credits per discipline or other activities must be equal to or higher than the minimum established at a national level;
b. the total number of credits must be 300;
c. the duration of the whole degree course must be 5 years.