All lessons are held at the campus of Grugliasco, Largo Paolo Braccini 2. Classrooms are equipped with thin clients connected to University Wi-Fi and video projection system with LCD and/or large screen. All classrooms are fully accessible to disabled students.
Teaching labs and facilities
The Department of Veterinary Sciences has several teaching labs and facilities for students’ hands-on and practical activities: two computer labs; two microscopy labs equipped with single-user microscopes (biology, microscopic anatomy, embryology, pathology), two chemical and biological labs (biochemistry, serological, parasitological, virology and bacteriological diagnostics), two necropsy rooms, a dissection room, a feed analysis lab, an osteology room, two clinical skill labs.
Labs are mainly located in the Teaching Centre (lilac-building), whereas the main necropsy room is located in the green building.
Moreover, students can practice at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the Teaching Farm, and the slaughterhouse, all located within the campus.
Spaces are consistent with the mean number of students enrolled annually and are fully accessible to disabled students.
Locker rooms are available at the ground floor of the yellow building.
Students can also have practical work experience at the Special Didactic Veterinary Complex that includes the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, the Teaching Farm and the Slaughterhouse.
SAMEV Magna A: seats 284. Ground floor of campus School building (SAMEV).
SAMEV A: seats 196. Ground floor of campus School building SAMEV.
SAMEV B: seats 196. Ground floor of campus School building SAMEV.
SAMEV C: seats 196. First floor of campus School building SAMEV.
SAMEV D: seats 196. First floor of campus School building SAMEV.
SAMEV 1: seats 72. Ground floor of campus School building SAMEV.
SAMEV 2: seats 72. Ground floor of campus School building SAMEV.
SAMEV 3: seats 72. Ground floor of campus School building SAMEV.
SAMEV 11: seats 60. Near student study rooms.
GODINA: seats 100. Ground floor of the Teaching Centre (lilac building).
CD1: seats 20. Ground floor of the Teaching Centre (lilac building).
CD2: seats 20. Ground floor of the Teaching Centre (lilac building).
CD3: seats 20. Ground floor of the Teaching Centre (lilac building).
MONTI: seats 70. First floor, green building. Designed to allow large animal restraint
MICHELETTO: seats 99. First floor, green building.
OSPEDALE 1: seats 80. First floor, green building.
CLASSROOM SDSV: seats 20. Ground floor, yellow building.
GOBETTO: seats 24. Ground floor, red building.
Campus School building - Outdoor
Left: Campus School building - Indoor; Right: Classroom D, Campus School building
Near the classroom Monti there are several workstations where students can watch surgery being done on both small and large animals .
Left: Students in the classroom Monti; Right: view of the surgery rooms
Both computer labs are on the first floor of the lilac- building.
The main computer lab is equipped with one teacher’s workstation and 28 user workstations arranged in five rows.
The small computer lab (CO2) is equipped with one teacher’s workstation and 21 user workstations, arranged in three rows.
All workstations have the same features and software: the teacher’s pc is connected to a video projector and screen. Users must login to the student workstations using their university (SCU) credentials. Software includes Microsoft Office automation suite, feed rationing; statistical analysis.
Main Computer Lab
Small Computer Lab
The lab is located on the first floor of the lilac building and hosts one teacher workstation and 44 single-user microscopes arranged in seven rows. The teacher’s workstation consists of a NIKON ECLIPSE E400 microscope equipped with a full set of objectives (2x, 10x, 20x, 40x, 100x) and connected to a video projector with camera that projects the microscope fields to six LCD screens facing the students. Single-user microscopes (NIKON YS100) are equipped with a set of four objectives (4x, 10x, 40x and 100x).
The lab is located on the first floor of the lilac building. Two multi-user microscope (NIKON ECLIPSE E600W) equipped with a full set of objectives (4x, 10x, 20x, 40x, 100x) are connected to nine additional eyepieces. This configuration allows nine students to simultaneously observe the same specimen, while the teacher guides them through the details to observe.
Located at the first floor of the lilac building, the larger seats 43 students, whereas the smaller one seats 22 students. They are equipped with benches provided with sink and gas connection (CO2, methane). Benches are equipped with standard lab instruments (vortex, thermos-heating magnetic shakers, scales), microscopes (NIKON YS100 with 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x objectives), thermostatic baths, a refrigerated centrifuge, haematocrit centrifuge, cytocentrifuge, test tube shaker, sonicator, pH-meters, a spectrometer, systems for electrophoresis of proteins and DNA, an electrophoresis incubator, a reflection photometer for urine analysis, a Marconi incubator, a coagulometer, magnetic agitators, an autoclave and a microwave. The main room also hosts two biological hoods, two chemical hoods and one fridge. Students can access to the lab under teaching staff supervision.
The laboratory seats 40 students and is located at the ground floor of the lilac building. The lab contains five rows of lab benches each with a sink and gas connection at the end of the counters (methane, CO2) and is equipped with standard lab instruments (vortex, thermal heater shakers, scales) and microscopes (NIKON YS100; with 4x, 10x, 40x, 100x objectives). An additional long bench is equipped with vacuum connection and various lab instruments, including: an inverted light microscope, two NIKON ECLIPSE E400 microscopes (2x, 10x, 20x, 40x, 100x objectives and video projector), two NIKON SRZ645 stereoscopes, thermostatic baths, a plate viewer, an ELISA multi-scan reader, a standard centrifuge, a refrigerated centrifuge, a microwave, a CO2 incubator, horizontal agitators, an autoclave, a stomacher, a colony counter. Moreover, the lab includes four biological hoods, one chemical hood, two fridges. Students can only access to the lab under teaching staff supervision.
Left: biological hoods; Right: student workstations
The dissection room, located in the lilac building at the ground floor, is dedicated to practical activities of veterinary anatomy. The room and seats up to 45 students. It is equipped with two dissection tables with vacuum aspiration and six mobile anatomical tables. Moreover, the room includes two mobile surgical lights, two metal cabinets for dissection tools, sinks for hand washing and freezers for long-term storage of anatomical specimens. Students can access to the dissection room under teaching staff supervision.
A fully equipped laboratory, near to the dissection room, is dedicated to the preparation of anatomical specimens and bones. The lab includes a chemical hood, an oven, a large sink, scales and stirrers. A second room is dedicated to specimen storage. It includes a cold room, a frozen storage room, and vacuum-aspirated cabinets for fixed anatomical specimens.
Two large changing rooms, opposite to the main access, are used by students to wear personal protective equipment.
The osteology room is located at the first floor of the lilac building, covering an area of 80 m2, and can be attended by up to 20 students. Bones, teeth and hooves of different domestic animal species are displayed in glass showcases. Two large tables with chairs are suitable for forelimb and hindlimb bone examination. The room hosts entire mammals’ skeletons installed on movable platforms (ox, horse, goat, swine, monkey, cat and dog), as well as a chicken skeleton. Students can freely access to the room, upon exhibiting student ID card to the key keeper.
The necropsy lab is located at the ground floor of the green building. It is used for necropsy examinations and the study of pathological specimens of domestic, wild and unconventional animals for diagnostic, teaching and research purposes.
The room has a capacity of up to 120 students and is equipped with 11 dissecting tables, including two height-adjustable dissecting tables for large animals with suction system, 7 fixed dissecting tables for medium-sized animals and training activities involving the use of pathological organs, and 2 dissecting tables for small animals.
There is also a separated area equipped with a computer and internet access, a control panel to control the audio/video system, which is composed of the following: a high-definition camera installed on a ceiling rail track system and pointing towards one of the dissecting tables, one video projector connected to two different screens installed both within the dissecting room and in classroom Ospedale I (remote connection).
They consists of two dedicated student-centred spaces, one focused mainly on large animals (equine and farm animals), while the other dedicated to small animals. Both spaces are fully equipped to allow extensive clinical simulation-based training.
The largest one includes: an equine mannequin with a real representation of the complete gastrointestinal tract and the abdominal organs to familiarize with rectal exploration in horse; a cow mannequin for a real representation of the normal calf delivery and calf dystocia; multiple homemade models mimicking the rectal palpation of the ovaries at different stages of the ovarian cycle and the uterus in large animals. Besides, an equine head-and-neck mannequin has been included in this lab to practise large animals intramuscular injections, intravenous catheterization of the jugular vein, transpalpebral insertion of an ocular lavage system and the complete series of nerve blocks of the equine head.
The smaller lab, located at the first floor of the blue building, includes home-made models for training simple surgical procedures, such as surgeon dressing, suturing (using bleeding skin pad models), and feline castration (using wooden beads, narrow bore tubing and haemostats). Moreover: a canine leg vascular access simulator will be installed to train on venipuncture and vascular access using small catheters. Two models of canine limbs (one fore- and one hind-limb) used to train on Robert-Jones bandaging and cast in small animals; a series of canine head models that permit student to practice with canine intubation of the glottis. Detailed 3D software of virtual anatomy are available for consultation during all the procedures by students attending the CSLs.
It is in the green building and provides care for pets, horses, livestock and non conventional/exotic animals as well as offering diagnostic services. There are seven examining rooms for pets, including specialist ones (e.g. ophthalmology and chemotherapy), two examining rooms for large animals, five surgery rooms (three for pets and two for large animals), two radiological rooms for pets and one for large animals, two advanced imaging diagnostic rooms, the emergency service (h24), the intensive care units, isolation rooms for small and large animals. A section is dedicated to clinical examinations, diagnostics (radiology), surgery and hospitalising unusual animals (CANCs).
Veterinary Teaching Hospital services include: General and Specialist Surgery (Anesthesiology, General and Oncological Surgery, Orthopaedic and Traumatology, Vascular, Maxillofacial, Urological, Minimally Invasive, Neurosurgery), General and Specialist Medicine (Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Cardiology, Behavioural Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Reproduction), Image Diagnostics (Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Radiology, Computer Tomography, Magnetic Resonance), Diagnostic (Clinical Analysis, Parasitology and Mycology, Microbiology and Virology, Genetics, Histopathology, Seminology, Cytofluorimetry) and Necropsy investigations.
The teaching farm is located within the Grugliasco University Campus, and is a large complex of buildings located beside the Department providing support for practical training and internships. Students have the possibility to carry out every-day hands-on activities (e.g. feeding, management of animals and reproduction), as would be the case if they were to work in a livestock farm. Furthermore, students can attend clinical examinations along with veterinarians, and are involved in the administration of treatments, weighing operations and delivery assistance. The TF is also used by teachers to perform specific activities related to courses taught, as well as to carry out exams involving the use of animals.
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Located at the ground floor of the lilac building. Number of seats: 15 (in the raised area intended for students). Authorised for slaughtering and dissection of cattle, equines, swine and small ruminants. The facility meets EU regulations (Hygiene Package and S.I.M.) and acquired EC approval in 2009. It allows students to acquire competences concerning the structural and sanitary requirements of O.A. food by-products, inspecting carcasses and monitoring methods of process hygiene criteria in accordance with pending legislation.