As of A.Y. 2012/2013, it is the Bologna University School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine that coordinates the various degree teaching activities it embraces, as activated by its respective departments.
The recent changes to University organization in application of national legislation have been deep-seated and put an end to what is broadly a hundred years of experience (the Faculties). As of October 2012, a new structure, the Schools, has come into being. The School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine collects under one institutional roof, and coordinates teaching of, degree programmes which were previously run by the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
At Bologna University studies in Veterinary Science (lectureship within the Medical Class) and Agricultural Science (chair of Agriculture) date from roughly the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1876 and 1900 respectively, the two Bologna Schools of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture gained independence in becoming Scuole Superiori, and would form into two Faculties in 1932 and 1935.
The School divides into Vice-Chairmanship offices in Bologna and Ozzano Emilia, and teaching centres at Cesena, Cesenatico and Imola.
The Departments forming the School are the Department of Agricultural Science (DipSA), the Department of Agri-Nutritional Science and Technology (DISTAL), and the Department of Veterinary Medical Science (DIMEVET). The three Departments, each with its own specific profile, form a distinctive part of the scientific milieu, teaching and research environment, and interface with the territory. At the same time they have many affinities and complementary features forming an excellent substrate for student learning. The nascent School has brought a change of traditional Faculty colours: the new choice ismauveto represent the School image. The colour derives from the mauve-coloured hollyhock, a medicinal plant known from time immemorial as "omnimorba", a remedy for all ills, due to the herbal and therapeutic properties of its flowers and leaves: one plant to express the affinities and complementary nature of many aspects of agriculture and veterinary medicine.
The School provides various degree programmes in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.
Agriculture covers the disciplines involved in the threefold area of agriculture – environment – food produce, and offers training in the sustainable management of agricultural and environmental resources; cultivation, enhancement and protection of plants and their products; agricultural produce and its commercial employment; planning schemes for the countryside and forests; planning and management of greenery and the landscape.
Veterinary Medicine proposes learning curricula in veterinary medicine and in agri-nutritional studies. The disciplines involved are: veterinary and medical science applied to productive species (mammals, fish, birds), pets (domestic and wild) and experimental animals; public health and food safety. Other sectors are: agri-nutritional science and technology; zootechnics and animal/animal product technologies; nutrition and food science; politico-economic science applied to the land, farms and markets; biotechnology. Though different in their application, the two areas have points of complementarity that argue for common sections of curriculum.
The School coordinates teaching on 15 degree programmes (8 three-year degrees; 6 second-cycle degrees, one of which is international and taught in English; 1 single-cycle combined Bachelors and Masters degree). The single-cycle programme in Veterinary Medicine has – alone in Italy and for the second time – gained accreditation with EAEVE (European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education), the body appointed by the European Commission to maintain community-wide quality of veterinary training.
Within the School students will also find a range of post-graduate options such as 1st and 2nd level University Masters, post-graduate training programmes, lifelong learning programmes, Summer School, PhDs, all of which are Department-run and activated. The School teaching centres include important didactic/experimental facilities such as: silkworm breeding, laboratories and research centres, an ichthyology tank, an experimental byre, a poultry and rabbit centre, a cheese factory, an experimental abattoir, a teaching hospital, and a centre for artificial insemination of various animal species. The School teaching areas contain study rooms, museums, meeting rooms for Student Associations, ICT and multimedia rooms, as well as reference and lending libraries stocked with text books, research works and periodicals (including e-periodicals). Library staff lend help with bibliographical research and put on introductory courses as a guide to catalogue and databank consultation. The School provides internships including contracts and agreements with public and private firms and institutes. A number of student and teacher mobility programmes (Erasmus, Socrates, Tempus) are promoted in liaison with many famous European and extra-European universities.
Centre point of the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine School is the student. From their first contact with the university world, and throughout their studies down to the moment of joining a profession, the young will find the School offers more than excellent organization and facilities: it encourages a relationship of mutual esteem among all staff and students, ensuring a quality education leading to a future profession.
“Live as though you are to die tomorrow. Learn as though you were to live for ever” (Gandhi).
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