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The first aim of the Department of Veterinary Science (DVS) of the University of Turin is to promote first rate teaching to enable high standards of learning and research in several fields of veterinary science, with particular concern aimed to guarantee the welfare and health of animals, human beings and the environment.

DVS promotes collaboration and innovative thinking.

Following the European Act 2005/36/EU, the European Act 2013/55 EU, the Italian Acts (MDs n. 509/1999 and n. 270/2004, law 240/2010, LD 19/2012, MDs n. 47/13 and 1059/13), and the SOPs of EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education), DVS has adopted a High Quality Policy as the instrument to enhance and insure reliability of results and satisfaction for all parties concerned; this has been done to conform with the standards set forth by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). The Department is committed to giving a clear definition of the expected end-results. The Quality Policy concerns the organization of the courses and administration at all levels; its aim is the definition of goals and the optimal use of the resources. This is meant to optimize action at all levels and also to promote DVS to the peak of Veterinary Science in Italy and in the European context.

The goals of the Department of Veterinary Science of the University of Turin


Higher education can be successful only if research is viewed as an integral part of the learning process and if the ethics of the profession is given a central role. The graduate must be trained in all areas both theoretically and practically.

The learning objectives take into consideration the following theoretical and practical areas:

a) knowledge of the disciplines that are the basis of the profession of a Veterinary Doctor
b) anatomy, physiology, animal breeding, animal reproduction, hygiene and food of animal origin, production and preservation technology of food for animal consumption;
c) knowledge of professional ethics, animal behavior and animal welfare;
d) knowledge of the causes, nature, evolution, effects, diagnosis and therapy of animal diseases; special attention is devoted to the identification of animal-human transmitted diseases;
e) knowledge of preventive medicine;
f) ability to design and enforce plans for animal health and general health;
g) knowledge of hygiene and food production technology, to guarantee a safe production of food of animal origin;
h) knowledge of statutory procedures according to EU regulations to guarantee food safety "from stable to table";
i) knowledge of statutory deontological administrative norms for the enforcement of the above;
j) surgery under supervision;
k) ability to analyze, assess and optimize production processes of livestock farms, abiding public regulations


Basic and applied research are the main concern of DVS. Research funds come from both public and private institutions, both Italian and European, and from other international investors.


Specialization Schools

  • Inspection of food of animal origin
  • Swine pathology
  • Animal health, husbandry and production
  • Meat production technology and hygiene
  • Bovine clinics (active)

Master courses

  • Dog and cat cardiology
  • Equine rehabilitation
  • Behavioural medicine of cat and dog
  • Ecology and management of large wild mammals of the Alps
  • Quality management in the food industry (ReGIA) (interdepartmental)  - active
  • Quality, food safety and sustainability of the dairy sector (interdepartmental) – active
  • Science and technology of human food and nutrition (interdepartmental) – active
  • Quality, Food Safety and Sustainability of Milk Production Chain(II edition – acrive)

PhD course

  • Veterinary Sciences for animal health and food safety

European Colleges

  • Seventeen of the DVS teachers took a diploma in European Colleges.

Continuing Education

  • The Department takes care of the updating of veterinary professionals by providing courses which are certified by the Italian Ministry of Health


DVS additionally offers courses in animal production, biotechnologies, techniques of risk prevention in the workplace

The following BA and MA courses are offered, some of them through the collaboration with other Departments:

  • BA Production and Management of Domestic and Wild Animals (Class L-38 - DM 270/2004)                                                                     
  • BA Biotechnologies - interdepartmental
  • BA Techniques of Risk Prevention in the Environment and the Workplace - interdepartmental 


SDVS offers to freelance vets and the general public the veterinary services of Veterinary Surgery, the Experimental Farm, the Slaughterhouse (CE certified), the Centre for animal therapy, managed in collaboration with the Townhall of Grugliasco and the Centre for the Protection of Animals employed in Research. DVS also cooperates in the management of the International Centre for the Horse “La Venaria Reale”, the CERIGEFAS Foundation (Wildlife Research Centre), the Centre for the preservation of biodiversity in rivers and the sea (Centro Ricerche per la Tutela della Biodiversità degli ambienti acquatici), the Reference Centre for Veterinary Pharmacovigilance for Piedmont and Liguria, and many more specialized centres. DVS collaborates with the Ministry of Health, the Department for the Prevention of Diseases of Regione Piemonte, the Centre of Veterinary Prophylaxis and the local health agencies of Regione Piemonte, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta, the national veterinary associations of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta, private and public associations and the public health workers trade unions. DVS cooperates with private and public institutions in all areas of veterinary health with Regione Liguria and Valle d'Aosta, with local authorities at all levels, with Charity and NGO associations in the area of tropical and sub-tropical health and animal productions. It also cooperates with developing countries.

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