Academic year 2016/2017

Degree Program Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Bachelor Degree in

Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

3 years; 180 ECTS

Mode of Study

Full-Time/Part-Time*

*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. CLAUDIO SIGHIERI
Email claudio.sighieri@unipi.it

Department of SCIENZE VETERINARIE

Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luigi Intorre
Email luigi.intorre@unipi.it

Language of Teaching

Italian

Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Bachelor of Science in Technologies of animal breeding and dog training aims at the training of technician figures qualified to work in the following sectors: a) animal production; b) animal health and well-being; c) technical management of dog training; d) the knowledge about the correct relation with dogs.
Graduates will be able to carry out technical and professional tasks in the animal production sector and in the related technologies

Key Learning Outcomes

The graduate of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- an essential knowledge on basic sciences in perspective of their future professional application;
- a deep knowledge of prevention and control of infectious and parasitic diseases in animals especially of dogs;
- the knowledge of animal nutrition and of the breeding technologies;
- the knowledge of dog health indicators;
- the advanced knowledge of the dog training;
- the ability to evaluate the general health condition, diseases and welfare of animals;
- the deep knowledge of zoonotic and foodborne diseases and their analysis and management

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Employment opportunities exist for graduates in the following areas:
• Dog training schools
• Kennels and dog pounds
• Educational school projects
• Livestock management
• Animal welfare organisations
• Dog feed industry

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in PEDIGREE DOG BREEDING AND ANIMAL EDUCATION TECHNIQUES normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final dissertation, to which 5 ECTS are allocated, must demonstrate the knowledge of the above mentioned professional skills.

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Available courses