The training activities are carried out mainly during the first two years when the doctoral student must develop scientific skills and ability to carry out both research and dissemination of the results achieved (through presentation of works at conferences or congresses and publication of the partial and total results of the research carried out). The third year is mainly dedicated to carrying out the thesis work.

Epidemiology and statistics - Provides knowledge to deal with epidemiological surveillance in the field of animal health and hygiene of zootechnical productions; the elaboration of emergency plans for epidemic diseases and participation in their management; consultancy and assistance to breeders for animal health and for the development and hygienic improvement of animal production; technical-scientific and operational support to veterinary pharmacovigilance action; use of epidemiological methods in the fields of animal and public health; design, implementation and management of information systems and databases of veterinary interest.

Animal welfare and good practices in animal production -

Animal welfare and intensive and extensive breeding systems for species of zootechnical interest. Optimization of breeding techniques according to animal welfare and production quality. Methods of applying the methods for assessing the state of animal welfare on farm, during the transport and slaughter of animals of zootechnical interest. Measures and actions to improve the state of animal welfare.

Risk assessment and risk communicatiopn -

Information and communication technologies in the field of veterinary public health, precautionary principle and consumer concerns, information and communication technologies in the field of veterinary public health principles, concepts and methods of risk analysis principles, concepts and methods of risk analysis.


Courses and seminars

English course B2

  • PhD students will be able to attend one language course per year free of charge among those activated by the University Linguistic Center (,


Course in Research Management, knowledge of research systems and funding systems at University level

The University offers a course with modules aimed at providing basic skills for the management of research projects, from the planning phase to the drafting and management of financial plans, monitoring and reporting. The courses include a final exam. Training may be supplemented by internships in research and research funding structures.

  • Course in valorisation of research results and intellectual property provided at University level

The University offers a course with 6 modules of 1 credit in which issues concerning the transition from basic research to applied research and the financing of applied research will be studied; the enhancement of research results and intellectual property, the protection of intellectual property, the filing of patents, the creation of businesses and spin-offs and business planning techniques.

Experimental, method in agriculture

  • (3 CFU; 20 hours in collaboration with the PhD in Agricultural Sciences and with second year students of the degree in Sustainable Agriculture)
  • There are two two-hour lessons a week for about ten weeks, with timetables depending on the semester. Please contact Prof Onofri tel. 6324 mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Seminar on scientific bibliographic resources and electronic publishing.

Computer Room Veterinary Education Pole

Pain management in companion animals 4 credits

Etiopathogenesis of pain (inflammatory, neuropathic and of unknown or uncertain causes

Clinical consequences of pain and diagnosis of pain in dogs, cats, horses and non-conventional pets

Principles of pain therapy (pharmacological and non-pharmacological)


Veterinary immunology course

  • The innate immune response: generalities
  • Innate immunity in adaptive systems
  • Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology
  • The innate immune system in response to viral infections
  • The innate immune system in response to bacterial infections
  • Infectious and non-infectious stressors: modulation of the innate immune response in veterinary oncology
  • Expression of the innate immune response in the course of melanoma
  • The innate immune response: evaluation methods
  • Innate immunity reactions: practical use in veterinary clinical immunology

Exploitation and dissemination of results, intellectual property and open access to data and research products

1. Event called "Game of research" organized by the non-tenure staff of the Department of Veterinary Medicine where PhD students can take advantage of a showcase and communicate the results of their activities.

2. "Modern Science Communication: Effective ideas and tools to represent data and deliver results" in collaboration with PhD in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology

Part of the training credits awarded will be chosen by the student, defined in agreement with the tutor and approved by the PhD Academic Board.