Animal Science

The Graduate Program in Animal Science (PPGCA) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) started its activities in 2008 with the master’s program in Animal Science. In 2015, the PPGCA started the first class of the doctoral program in Health, Technology, and Integrated Animal Production. The program has achieved CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Education) grade of 4 (very good) in Veterinary Medicine.

Goals

The PPGCA proposes to train researchers and professionals to work in different areas of animal science, as well as to develop scientific research, always aiming for an integration with society in order to respond in practice and theory to their demands; finally, one of the main goals of the PPGCA is to qualify professors. To this purpose, the program seeks to maintain a team of productive and active researchers in different fields of animal science, to generate knowledge in an integrated, comprehensive and complementary manner, with national and international recognition whereas giving priority to local and regional demands, as well as training highly qualified professionals. In this sense, the program welcomes students from various higher education backgrounds, such as veterinary, zootechnical, biological, biotechnological, pedagogical, psychological, pharmaceutical, and technological areas.

History

The Graduate Program in Animal Science (PPGCA) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) completed its first decade in 2018. From its creation in 2008 until 2019, PPGCA has awarded 142 master’s and 17 doctoral degrees.

The offer of the master’s program in Animal Science was authorized by CAPES in Official Letter no. 53-12 in 2007 (CTC-CAA-CAPES), and the program started its activities in 2008 at the PUCPR campus in São José dos Pinhais (SJP) – PR. That year, the program had 9 permanent professors, a collaborating professor, and 12 students, covering two research areas: “Animal and Comparative Pathology, Surgery, and Clinic” and “Production and Technology of Animal Products” in the “Animal Health” specialization area. In 2010, the first 12 students who started the program in 2008 and 1 student who started in 2009 defended their theses. After the first four years of PPGCA existence, there was a need for changes owing to the maturation of the initial proposal and the bias of innovation perceived by the program’s professors. Thus, in 2012 PPGCA changed its specialization areas to “Health, Technology, and Animal Production” and included three research areas: “Animal Biotechnology, Production, and Reproduction,”; “Veterinary Clinic and Surgery”; and “Animal Food Science and Technology.” The program’s evolution culminated in the submission, in 2014, of an APCN (Proposal Applications for New Courses) for the creation of a Doctorate program. Owing to the prestige of PUCPR as a Higher Education Institution, available infrastructure, proposal characteristics, and the intellectual production of the faculty and students, the Doctorate proposal was approved in December 2014 (Proposal 1105/2014). In August 2015, the first class of the doctoral program in “Health, Technology, and Integrated Animal Production” (PPGSTP) started with 18 doctoral students. In April 2016, PPGCA was transferred to the PUCPR campus in Curitiba (PR). With the campus migration, PPGCA became part of the School of Life Sciences (ECV), allowing greater integration with other courses and programs in the areas of health and nature. This brought benefits to the PPGCA, including the possibility of sharing graduate courses, laboratory infrastructure, and research equipment, favoring interdisciplinarity and scientific collaboration between professors and greater visibility of the program by the institution’s academic community.

In terms of research area evolution and society’s demands for research on themes related to animal health, well-being, and animal-assisted interventions, there was a need to create a research area to house projects aligned with these topics. In 2019, a new research area was created in the PPGCA, and the other research areas in the program were revised and updated. Thus, the program currently has four research areas: 1) Biotechnology, Animal Production, and Reproduction, 2) Pathology, Clinic, and Veterinary Surgery, 3) Science and Technology of Animal Foods, and 4) Health and Wellness. Concomitantly with the review and increase in research areas, there was a need to increase the program’s faculty. Thus, the faculty is currently composed of 14 permanent professors and 2 collaborating professors.

 

In 2019, as a result of the program’s maturation and evolution, PPGCA started to offer the Interinstitutional Doctorate (DINTER) in cooperation with the Centro Universitário FACVEST – UNIFACVEST, located in the city of Lages-SC. The cooperation will enable scientific and academic improvement, to offer courses in loco, and teachers from that institution are to obtain the PhD degree at the end of the four-year program.

Thus, these actions constitute steps in the PPGCA journey in search of academic and scientific excellence, aligned with society’s demands, cooperation, and solidarity.

Curricular Structure

The PPGCA curricular structure includes two essential aspects: courses must support students’ research projects, and activities that directly involve research development, including scientific communication, should make up most of the total credit load.

In this sense, the PPGCA master’s and doctorate programs’ curriculum values student’s scientific and technical production generated during their program, with less emphasis on fulfilling credits in classroom courses. The curriculum seeks to offer integrated courses attuned to society’s demands, making it easier to comply with the course credits at other national or foreign institutions. It also seeks to introduce pedagogical and technological innovations in the curricular organization as well as align course topics with society and market demands.

Thus, the master’s program’s curriculum comprises 30 credits being 15 credits in courses, 5 credits in complementary activities, and 10 credits corresponding to thesis preparation and defense. The curriculum of the doctorate program consists of 50 credits being 20 credits in courses, 10 credits in complementary activities, and 20 credits corresponding to dissertation preparation and defense. It should be stressed that one credit corresponds to 15 hours.

The student can also obtain up to 50% of credits from other national and international programs pending validation by the faculty council.

Of all the courses offered, Scientific Methodology, Biostatistics and Experimentation, Update Seminars, Junior Seminar, Senior Seminar, and Teaching Practice are mandatory for the master’s program. For the doctoral program, the mandatory courses are Update Seminars, Junior Seminar, and Senior Seminar. In both programs, compliance with complementary activities is also mandatory.

Except for the mandatory courses, the other courses can be chosen by the student and the adviser regardless of the research area to which they are linked since some subjects are multidisciplinary and provide knowledge and skills that will be used in projects from different research areas.

PPGCA focuses on health, technology, and animal production. In this context, the program seeks to focus on different animal science areas, encompassing medical-investigative research that addresses etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and prophylaxis of animal diseases. It also develops and applies biotechnology to improve animal production, reproduction, health and processes, products of animal origin, and research related to animal welfare and human-animal interactions and their effects on global health.

The program’s specialization area covers four research areas: 1) Biotechnology, Animal Production, and Reproduction, 2) Pathology, Veterinary Clinics, and Surgery, 3) Science and Technology of Animal Foods, and 4) Health and Welfare.

1. Biotechnology, Animal Production, and Reproduction

It encompasses research aimed at animal production and health with the application of biotechnological tools. Priority is given to projects with an integrated vision of production, nutrition, reproduction, and animal health.

Research area professors: Cristina Santos Sotomaior, Edvaldo Antônio Ribeiro Rosa, Leandro Batista Costa, Luiz Ernandes Kozicki, Pedro Vicente Michelotto Jr., Rolnei Ruã Darós, Rüdiger Daniel Ollhoff.

Courses related to this research area:

  • Reproduction Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology in Animal Science
  • Buiatrics in Theory and Practice
  • Stem Cells and Cell Therapy
  • Digestive Physiology of Monogastric Animals
  • Animal Reproduction Physiology and Pathology
  • Herd Medicine
  • Nutrition of Non-Ruminant Animals
  • Advanced Nutrition of Non-Ruminant Animals
  • Sustainable Animal Production and Nutrition
  • Topics in Buiatrics

2. Pathology, Veterinary Clinic, and Surgery

This area covers research on the etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, and prophylaxis of animal diseases and other aspects of zoonosis and public health. It emphasizes pathology, pharmacology, dermatology, orthopedics, neurology, Pneumology, cell therapies, and infectious and parasitic diseases of animals.

Research area professors: Cláudia Turra Pimpão, Gervásio Henrique Bechara, Jair Rodini Engracia Filho, José Ademar Villanova Jr, Marconi Rodrigues de Farias, Pedro Vicente Michelotto Jr., and Rüdiger Daniel Ollhoff.

Courses related to this research area:

  • Buiatrics in Theory and Practice
  • Cytohistopathology Applied to Diagnosis in Veterinary Medicine
  • Parasitic Skin Diseases in Pets
  • Veterinary Dermatopathology
  • Diagnosis in Veterinary Pathology Applied to Research
  • Respiratory Diagnosis at Equine Clinic
  • Fundamentals of Immunology Applied to Research
  • Comparative Cutaneous Immunopathology
  • Lung Inflammation and Stem Cells
  • Herd Medicine
  • Pet Neuroanatomy, Neuroclinics, and Neurosurgery
  • Practice in Equine Clinic
  • Hospital Techniques in Ruminant Clinic and Surgery
  • Special Topics in Veterinary Oncology

3. Animal Food Science and Technology

This research area aims to study the science and technology fields involved in the production and quality of animal-origin food. It also encompasses projects that apply innovative technologies to develop safer, healthier, more functional, and more stable foods.

Research area professors: Edvaldo Antonio Ribeiro Rosa, Fernando Bittencourt Luciano, Leandro Batista Costa, Renata Ernlund Freitas de Macedo.

Courses related to this research area:

  • Food Microbiology
  • Mycotoxins in Food and Animal Feed
  • Applied Animal Food Microbiology
  • Meat and Meat Products Technology
  • Topics in Food Microbiology
  • Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Mycotoxins in Food and Feed

4. Health and Well-Being

It addresses human and animal interactions with studies related to health and well-being. This area’s projects address ethology and animal welfare, zootherapy, and animal interventions and their implications on global health.

Research area professors: Cláudia Turra Pimpão, Cristina Santos Sotomaior, Leandro Batista Costa, Marconi Rodrigues de Farias, Pedro Vicente Michelotto Jr, Rolnei Ruã Darós

Courses related to this research area:

  • Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare
  • Well-being of Farm Animals
  • Horse Well-being
  • Applied Ethology
  • Topics in One Health

The Graduate Program in Animal Science (PPGCA) has its headquarters in the School of Life Sciences (block 3) building, campus Curitiba, of the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná.

The headquarters houses the offices of the professors of the program and student and professor co-working rooms. Both the professors’ and students’ rooms are equipped with personal computers. It also houses the program secretariat, meeting room, social environment, and pantry.

PPGCA students and professors have access to all the multidisciplinary spaces at PUCPR – Curitiba campus, such as classrooms, didactic laboratories, research laboratories, active methodology rooms, and amphitheaters.

The program also has the Gralha Azul Experimental Farm (FEGA), located in the municipality of Fazenda Rio Grande – PR; the Veterinary School Clinic (CVE) for Pets is located in Curitiba and the Veterinary School Clinic (CVE) for Farm Animals located at the FEGA.

The main units used by the PPGCA are described below.

  • Veterinary School Clinic (CVE) – Pet unit. This unit is a research-intensive teaching hospital offering medical and surgical services in dermatology, allergy, chest medicine, endocrinology, oncology, dentistry, urology, gastroenterology, and tropical infectious diseases. Laboratories for clinical and anatomopathological diagnosis, bacteriological and mycological analyses, and ultrasonographic and radiographic examinations support research projects in all medical areas involved in the care of pets and small wild animals.
  • Gralha Azul Experimental Farm – FEGA. This is located in the municipality of Fazenda Rio Grande. The experimental agricultural facilities are fully equipped to support animal health and animal production research projects, including dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, birds, and rabbits. A hospital unit for farm animals and horses is also located at the FEGA.
  • Veterinary School Clinic (UHAFE) – Farm animal and horse unit. This unit offers veterinary services for cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. It consists of four covered isolation and treatment wings for small ruminants and eight wings for cattle and horses. It also houses a teaching and research herd of approximately 40 cattle and 30 goats.
  • Dairy Production and Research Unit. The new dairy cattle industry at PUCPR has a robotic milking system, the first at a Brazilian university. The system allows voluntary milking by animals, favoring their health, well-being, productivity, and fertility. The system has a capacity of 65 lactating cows, with an average production of 35 liters per day. It is housed in a free-stall type stable, with automated ventilation sprinkling over the trough line and rotating cow brusher like brushes. The sector allows research in several areas and aims to prepare professionals to use one of the most advanced technologies in the area.
  • Pig Research and Production Unit. It consists of an experimental nursery with 50 cages that can hold up to 250 piglets, mainly for nutrition and welfare tests on pigs.
  • Sheep research and production unit. It has an area of 400 m², 180-animal capacity, and surrounded by grazing paddocks with a total area of 6.4 ha.
  • Aquaculture Research Laboratory. In this laboratory, projects related to freshwater fish, welfare, toxicology, and quality research in fish meat have been developed. It has internal tanks, a nursery area, and laboratories for physiological and physicochemical analysis.
  • This installation has an area of 157m2, and 100 cages (80 × 60 × 45 cm) equipped with an automatic water dispenser, manual feeder, and hay support. It has 30 females and 7 males (New Zealand breed), and puppy production is scheduled based on research demands. The main research areas are rabbit nutrition, welfare, and medicine.
  • Agrifood Research and Innovation Laboratory (LAPIAgro). This facility is equipped for a wide range of experiments involving food processing, microbiological, and physicochemical analysis of animal-origin foods. It is located inside the Piloto de Alimentos Plant, which houses several laboratories and food processing facilities.

International cooperation is an important instrument for expanding the country’s scientific and technological competence. In PPGCA, internationalization can be considered one of the essential points for program evolution. It is demonstrated by PUCPR’s institutional policies, which permanently encourage internationalization. The program has developed several actions in its internationalization strategy to promote interaction with partners abroad.

The map below indicates the main countries where PPGCA has internationalization actions, which are marked with different colored “flags”: student mobility (sandwich doctorate/master, training, and internships) are marked in blue; teaching mobility (post-doctoral internship, training, and work assignments) are marked in red: teacher and student participation at conferences and other scientific events during the quadrennium 2017/2020 are marked in green.


 Official PPGCA International Cooperation Programs

The PPGCA has signed and implemented international cooperation agreements with international institutions. These consolidated research networks are carried out through technical visits, student mobility regarding exchanges for training and capacity building in laboratory or outpatient techniques, exchanges of concrete results in research, and technological innovation; always with professors’ and students’ participation.

PPGCA currently has an agreement, signed in 2015, with the University of Valencia, Spain, and an agreement for a doctorate in co-tutelage and double degree.

PPGCA also has a partnership with the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA) from Catalonia in Spain, signed in 2018. The Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA) is a research institute that belongs to the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food, and Environment Catalonia Parliament. IRTA has 14 research centers, including Mas de Bover (Animal Production and Nutrition), Monells (Animal Welfare), and Cerdanyola del Vallès (CRESA – Animal Health), the latter in association with the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.


Postdoctoral internship for professors abroad

The post-doctoral internship is one of the most important internationalization tools, as it enables the construction of cooperation networks, contributes to the development of knowledge in areas not yet consolidated in the program, stimulates joint projects and publications between researchers from home and abroad, thereby expanding the possibilities of action, both for professors and students from the program.

PUCPR maintains a policy of teaching incentives for post-doctoral internships, regulated by Resolution No. 18/2008-CONSUN, which guarantees the benefit of leaving for professors in post-graduate programs for periods ranging from three months to one year, for conducting a post-doctoral internship with full salary.


International Courses

Every year, PPGCA offers at least one international course with the participation of foreign professors. In addition, the program offers courses in English, taught by in-house professors.

Examples of international courses offered by PPGCA over the past few years are:

  • Current Issues in Meat Science, taught by Prof. Dr. Maria Salud Rubio Lozano, UNAM, Mexico.
  • Mycotoxins in Food and Animal Feed, Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Bioactive Compounds in Food and Animal Feed, taught by Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Meca, Universidad de Valencia, Spain.
  • Buiatrics in Theory and Practice, taught by Prof. Dr. Alexander Starke, Universitat Leipzig, Germany.
  • Challenges to Address by Ruminant Lameness Experts under the New Zealand Perspective in 2016, taught by Dr. Neil Chesterton, New Zealand.
  • Chromatography and Its Applications in the Analysis of Mycotoxins, taught by Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Meca, Universidad de Valencia, Spain.
  • Herd Medicine, taught by Prof. Dr. Alexander Starke, Universitat Leipzig, Germany.
  • Tick Morphology and Taxonomy of Medical and Veterinary Interest in Ibero-American Countries, taught by Dr. Alina Rodríguez Mallon (Cuba), Pedro Enrique Encinosa Guzmán (Cuba), Gustavo Seron Sanches (Portugal), Ricardo L. Lleonart Cruz (Panama), and Alma Rossana Tamayo Sosa (Mexico).
  • Food Microbiology and Mycotoxins in Animal Production taught by Prof. Fernando B. Luciano.

Students’ international mobility

Students in the program also offered the possibility of carrying out part of their experiments in foreign institutions. The following are examples of institutions where PPGCA students went for sandwich master’s or doctoral degrees:

  • Department of Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (Scotland)
  • Universidad de Valencia (Spain)
  • Citeq Biologics (Netherlands)
  • IRTA (Spain)
  • Université de Liège (Belgium)
  • University of Manitoba (Canada)
  • Dalhousie University (Canada)
  • ZENOAQ -Nipon Zenyaku Kogyo (Japan)
  • Murdock University (Australia)
  • Monash University (Australia)
  • Utrecht University (Netherlands)
  • Texas A&M University (USA)

PPGCA has several projects financed by development agencies in partnership with the private sector. The following are the main current projects, distributed according to the source of funding and the associated research area:


PROJECTS FINANCED BY NATIONAL FUNDING AGENCIES

Research Area:

 Biotechnology, Animal Production and Reproduction

  • “Serum progesterone profile in the estrous cycle of Bos taurus and Bos taurus indicus cows determined by immunochemiluminescence (CLIA)” – Research Productivity Project, Araucária Foundation 2018–2021.
  • Addition of alkaline phosphatase to the diet and its effects on the performance and intestinal health of weaned piglets challenged with Escherichia coli K88+ – Universal Call – CNPq – No. 14/2014, track A.
  • “Addition of alkaline phosphatase to the diet and its effects on the performance and intestinal health of weaned piglets challenged with Escherichia coli K88+” CNPq Research Productivity Scholarships – PQ 2 – 2018–2021.
  • “Different sources of nanofibers and their effects on zootechnical performance and intestinal health of growing rats and rabbits”– Universal Call – CNPq – Nº 14/2014, track A
  • Innovative bioprocess to produce L-asparaginase using fungal biofilms in an airlift bioreactor – Research Productivity Project, Fundação Araucária 2018–2021.

 

Research Area:

Pathology, Veterinary Clinic, and Surgery

  • Proteomics and functional genomics of the interactions between Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Ehrlichia canis for vaccine development – Universal Notice 01/2016 CNPq, Lane C.
  • Immunogenic potential of aquaporin and P0 antigen in dogs against Rhipicephalus sanguineus – CNPq Research Productivity Grants – PQ 1A – 2014–2019.
  • Proteomics and functional genomics of the interactions between Rhipicephalus sanguineus and Ehrlichia canis for vaccine development – CNPq Research Productivity Grants – PQ 2 – 2019-2022.
  • Concentration evaluation of the main allergens in dogs (Canis familiaris) and cat (Felis catus domesticus) coats before and after using a topical sanitizing and protein denaturing solution” – Universal Program – Basic and Applied Research from Araucária Foundation, 2014–2019.
  • Development of new products for use in footbaths in bovine species – Universal Program – Basic and Applied Research from Araucária Foundation (2014–2019).

 

Research Area:

Science and Technology of Animal Products

  • Garlic essential oil as an antifungal and mycotoxin decontaminating agent in stored corn – Basic Applied Research/Araucária Foundation, 2016–2021.
  • Combination of essential oils and phenolic acids against Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella Enteritidis, and Escherichia coli O157: H7 in meat sausages (Universal Call – CNPq – No. 14/2014, track A) – 2014-2019.
  • Evaluation of immobilizing matrices for probiotic salami production with reduced sodium and animal fat: Call CNPq No. 09/2018 – Research Productivity Scholarships – PQ. 2019-2022.

PROJECTS FINANCED BY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION AGENCIES

 

Desarrollo de Inmunógenos Compatibles con Estrategias de Manejo Integral Para el Control de Garrapatas

(INCOGARR) (2017–2022)

Coordination of Dr. Alina Rodrigues Mallon, CIGB, Cuba, financed by CYTED.


PROJECTS FINANCED BY COMPANIES AND COORDINATED BY PPGCA  PROFESSORS IN 2019–2020:

 

Research Area:

 Biotechnology, Animal Production, and Reproduction

  • BASF S/A (2016–2019): Effect of a hybrid 6-phytase of bacterial origin on weaned piglets’ performance.
  • KERA DO BRASIL Ltd (2019–2021): Effect of probiotic use on pigs in pregnancy, lactation, growth, and termination stages.
  • FARMS West of Paraná (2018–2019): Action of recombinant bovine somatotropin in fixed-time artificial insemination.
  • GRASP

 

Research Area:

Pathology, Veterinary Clinic, and Surgery

 

  • DEXTER LATINA (2016–2019): Comparative evaluation of ectoparasiticides’ in vitro efficacy in association with growth regulators in the control of fleas Ctenocephalides felis and dog ticks Rhipicephalus sanguineus.
  • VIRBAC DO BRASIL (2018–2020): Assessment of healing process in dairy cows treated with CURACEF DUO for various common conditions in Paraná state (Brazil).
  • BIO CELL Laboratory (2017–2020): Cell therapy with mesenchymal stem cells in dogs with chronic kidney disease.
  • DROGAVET (2018-2019): Sodium dichloroacetate (DCA) as an adjuvant in canine neoplasms chemotherapy.
  • DROGAVET (2019–2023): Evaluation of cannabidiol (CBD) as a neoadjuvant in dogs’ tumor therapy.
  • ZENOAQ – NIPON ZENYAKU KOGY (2017–2019). Serological test development to assess allergic sensitization in dogs with atopic dermatitis and allergenic extracts for immunotherapy-specific allergens for Der f 2 and Zen 1 in dogs;

 

Research Area:

Science and Technology of Animal Food

  • FRIGORÍFICO THOMS (2019–2019): Definition of critical temperature limits for scalding water to control Salmonella in a pig slaughterhouse.
  • FAST ARIAM EQUIPAMENTOS (2019–2020): Definition of parameters for dry maturation of beef.
  • KEF´S COMERCIO DE ALIMENTOS LTDA (2019–2020): Evaluation of dry-aged beef’s stability and innocuity in a commercial establishment
  • PHILEO LESAFFRE (2019–2020): Effect of organic selenium in the diet of pigs on meat quality and stability.

 

Research Area:

Health and Well-Being

  • NIKKO, PET GAMES, ROYAL CANIN, NOVIBAC, VETOQUINOL (2017–2019): Different ways of evaluating the rehabilitation and socialization of shelter dogs for adoption.

PARTNER COMPANIES

Faculty

Cláudia Turra Pimpão

She has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal University of Paraná (1992), a Master of Veterinary Sciences (1996) and a doctorate in Biotechnological Processes (2006) from the Federal University of Paraná. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Chongqing Animal Disease Prevention and Control Center, China (2014), and at the University of Valencia, Spain (2014–2015). She is a full professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná and the chairperson of the Single Health Commission of the Regional Council of Veterinary Medicine of Paraná. She has experience in veterinary medicine with emphasis on veterinary pharmacology and toxicology with interest in the following areas: antimicrobial resistance; determination of the effectiveness and safety factors for new drug development; pain control; dog and cat population studies; pharmacological and toxicological studies on the impact caused by chemical substances or mycotoxins in different animal species and animal-assisted therapies.

Cristina Santos Sotomaior

She graduated in Veterinary Medicine (1992), has a Master of Veterinary Sciences (1997) and a PhD in Biotechnological Processes from the Federal University of Paraná (2007). She is currently a full professor of the Veterinary Medicine Program and the Graduate Program in Animal Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. She has experience in sheep and goat production and health, working mainly on the following topics: control of gastrointestinal worms in small ruminants, FAMACHA method, scrapie and selection of animals that are genetically resistant to diseases.

Edvaldo Antonio Ribeiro Rosa

Edvaldo Antonio Ribeiro Rosa is a pharmacist from the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, 1990. He has a master’s degree and a doctorate from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1997, 2000), a post-doctoral internship from the University of Hong Kong (2007), and Newcastle University (2017). He is a professor of microbiology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. He was an honorary adjunct professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong (2007) and a visiting professor at Newcastle University. He is the leader of the Research group registered at CNPq "Research Unit with Xenobiotics." His research interests include microbial biotechnology and microbial virulence. He developed projects involving microbial biotechnology, bioprocesses, microbial biotransformation of drugs, and the influence of xenobiotics on the expression of pathogen virulence factors.

Fernando Bittencourt Luciano

He graduated in Pharmacy and Biochemistry of Food from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2004) and has a doctorate in Food and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba, Canada (2010). He worked as a researcher at the Guelph Food Research Center (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and is currently an Adjunct Professor III of the Graduate Program in Animal Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. He was a research coordinator at PUCPR between 2014 and 2016, and the creator and first coordinator of the Institutional Program for Entrepreneurship and Research Scholarships (PIBEP), a business startup and entrepreneurship program for undergraduate and graduate students at PUCPR. He completed a post-doctoral internship at the Food Toxicology Laboratory at the University of Valencia between 2016 and 2017 with a CAPES grant. He is the current executive director of the PUC Innovation Agency, responsible for PUCPR's Technological Innovation Center, the university's business incubator/accelerator (Hotmilk), and PUCPR's Tecnoparque. As a researcher, he works in the Food Science and Technology area, emphasizing Food Microbiology and Meat Technology. His research projects seek to use natural alternatives to replace synthetic preservatives in food and reduce mycotoxin presence in food and animal feed. He is the coordinator of the research group "Natural Antimicrobials for Safety and Shelf Life Extension" (NASSLE - www.nasslegroup.com), a platform for innovation and product development for small and medium agro-food industries in partnership with the University of Valencia, Spain. He is a member of the Curitiba Municipal Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Curitiba Development Committee, and the Paraná State Technology Parks System.

Gervásio Henrique Bechara

Gervasio Henrique Bechara, Fellow of the Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine-FSTVM, is a veterinarian who graduated from FMVZ-USP in 1972. He has a Master of Pharmacology and a Doctorate of Science from FMRP-USP in 1976 and 1977. He was a visiting researcher at the University of London in the St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (Jan-Dec 1981) and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ( Sep 1987 - Oct 1988), at the Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria, Universidad de Zaragoza in 2008, and at the Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, England, in 2012. He teached general and animal pathology at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agronomic Sciences, at the Sao Paulo State University (FCAV-UNESP), campus of Jaboticabal-SP from 1972 to 2015, retired as full professor on Oct 1st, 2015, and was hired in October 19th, 2015 by PUCPR, Curitiba, as a full professor of the Veterinary Medicine Program and the Graduate Program in Animal Science at the PPGCA. He has participated in more than a hundred conferences in the country and abroad, being the 12th STVM Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, 2014, dedicated to him. He has received 12 awards and honors and lends his name to the XLV Class of Veterinarians at UNESP-Jaboticabal, 2009. He works in the area of Experimental and Comparative Pathology, emphasizing the immunopathology of tick resistance aiming at its control and the physiopathology of the inflammatory process having published almost 200 articles on those subjects in peer reviewed journals. He was a member and coeditor of the newsletter of the Integrated Consortium on Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases - ICTTD, an international integrated network of studies and research on ticks and tick-borne pathogens, financed by the European Union from 1997-2010. He was member and councilor of the STVM from 2001-2009 and fellow since 2009. He is a member of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), Brazilian College of Veterinary Parasitology and the Brazilian Association of Veterinary Pathology. He is a CNPq academic career research fellow since 1980’s.

Jair Rodini Engracia Filho

A post-doctor from the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agronomic Sciences, at the Sao Paulo State University (FCAV-UNESP), campus of Jaboticabal-SP, he has a bachelor’s (1996), master’s (2000), and doctorate (2005) in Veterinary Medicine, at the same institution. He was a professor of Veterinary Pathology and Deontology from 2000–2013 and clinical director of the Veterinary Campus of the University Center Barão de Mauá (Ribeirão Preto-SP) from 2007–2011. He is an adjunct professor of the Veterinary Medicine Program and the Graduate Program in Animal Science at the PUCPR. He works in veterinary pathology, with experience in the immunopathology of tick resistance, muscular dystrophies, ichthyopathology, and general pathological processes. Currently, he has dedicated himself to projects in his research area in veterinary oncology, especially in the new frontiers of mastocytomas and breast neoplasm diagnosis and treatment.

José Ademar Villanova Jr.

He graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR, 1999); the following year, at the same institution, he did his residency specialization in Medical and Clinical Surgery in companion animals. In 2002, he completed a master’s in Veterinary Surgery at the Sao Paulo State University (UNESP), campus of Jaboticabal-SP. In 2004, he completed a specialization course in Bioethics at PUCPR. He received a PhD in Veterinary Sciences at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR, 2013). He is currently Adjunct Professor I at PUCPR, coordinator of the Residency Program in Surgical Clinic for Companion Animals, and head of the surgery service of the Hospital Unit for Companion Animals at PUCPR. He is a member of the research group in General and Comparative Pathology, PUCPR, a researcher at the Laboratory of Veterinary Clinical Pathology at UFPR, a member of the Brazilian College of Veterinary Surgery and Anesthesiology, and the Brazilian Association of Orthopedics and Veterinary Traumatology. He has experience in clinical surgery on companion animals, working mainly in the following areas: orthopedics, neurosurgery, and cell therapy.

Leandro Batista Costa

He graduated in zootechnics at the Federal University of Lavras (2004), has a master’s (2005) and a doctorate in Animal Science and Pastures from the University of São Paulo/ESALQ (2009) with a sandwich doctorate at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He had a post-doctoral internship at the Institut de Recerca i Tecnología Agroalimentàries, IRTA, Animal Welfare, Catalonia, Spain, in 2018. He is a full professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) and a professor of the Veterinary Medicine Program and the Graduate Program in Animal Science at PUCPR and at the State University of Santa Cruz - UESC/BA. He has experience in zootechnics with emphasis on non-ruminant animal nutrition, working mainly in the following areas: management and nutrition of non-ruminant animals and alternative additives to improve the performance of antimicrobials. He is a researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology in Animal Science - INCT (CA) and CNPq academic career research fellowship.

Luiz Ernandes Kozicki

He graduated in Veterinary Medicine (Federal University of Paraná - 1973), has a master’s in Animal Reproduction (University of São Paulo – USP, campus of São Paulo - 1978), a PhD in Veterinary Medicine (Justus Liebig Universität Giessen - Germany - 1982), a post-doctorate from Weihenstephan-Freising Institute of Physiology, Technical University of Munich, Germany – 1989, and from North Florida Research and Education Center (Marianna, Florida - University of Florida, USA, 2013). He is currently a full professor of the Veterinary Medicine Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (Curitiba Campus). He has experience in veterinary medicine, with emphasis on animal reproduction (physiology and pathology, female endocrinology, puerperium, estrus and ovulation synchronization, IATF, reproductive ultrasonography, follicular dynamics, and obstetrics). He has more than 120 articles published in national and international journals and has a score of 26.47 on Researchgate. He is a coeditor of Revista Acadêmica Ciência Animal (PUCPR) and an ad hoc consultant for the journals: Revista Acadêmica Animal Science (PUCPR), Veterinary Science Archives, Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology (BABT), Brazilian Journal of Animal Reproduction (RBRA), Livestock Science (Elsevier), and Animal Reproduction Science (Elsevier), Semina (UEL). In addition to undergraduate teaching activities (PUCPR), he is a professor of the PUCPR master's and doctoral programs (PUCPR) with interest in the research areas: artificial insemination in fixed time (cattle, horses, and sheep), ovarian follicular dynamics, and ovulation inducers. Orientation: doctorate, master, undergraduate (PIBICs, PIBITI), and final articles.

Marconi Rodrigues de Farias

He graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Federal University of Uberlândia (1994), with a residency in Small Animal Medical Clinic (1995/1996), and has a Master in Veterinary Clinic from FMVZ- UNESP- Botucatu (2000), a doctorate in Child and Adolescent Health with a specialization in Allergy, Immunopathology, and Pulmonology - Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, UFPR. He is currently an Adjunct Professor III of Clinical Medicine for Pets in the Veterinary Medicine Program and the Graduate Program in Animal Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR). He is a member of the Brazilian Society of Veterinary Dermatology Scientific Board (SBDV) and research groups on infectious diseases and tropical zoonosis in companion and production animals - FMVZ- UNESP- Botucatu, and general and comparative pathology – PUCPR. He has experience in veterinary medical clinic with emphasis on dermatology and works mainly in the following areas of research: aerobiology, cutaneous immunopathology, and dermatological infectious diseases.

Pedro Vicente Michelotto Júnior

He is a full professor of the Life Sciences School at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. He graduated as a veterinarian in 1987 and received a master’s in veterinary sciences from UFPR (1993). He is a specialist in acupuncture from the Brazilian College of Systemic Studies in 2002 and a Doctor in Cellular and Molecular Biology from UFPR in 2010. He is a full professor in the Veterinary Medicine Program and the Graduate Program in Animal Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR). He is the vice president of the Brazilian Association of Veterinary Physicians of Equidae (ABRAVEQ - 2016-2020). He has experience in Equine Clinics, emphasizing the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory and musculoskeletal system diseases and acupuncture in sport horses. He studies cell therapy applied to airways.

Renata Ernlund Freitas de Macedo

She is a veterinarian with a master’s degree in Food Technology and a doctorate in Food Technology from the Federal University of Paraná in 1997 and 2005, respectively and a post-doctorate in Meat Science and Technology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 2012. She is a full professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. She is the coordinator of the Graduate Program in Animal Science at the PUCPR. She coordinated the PRO. AGROS - Franco-Brazilian Cooperation in Sustainable Agro-Food Production - BRAFAGRI Program – Capes from 2015 to 2018. She is a member of the directory board of the Brazilian Society of Food Science and Technology, Paraná, and of the Commission on Food Hygiene and Technology of the Regional Council of veterinary Medicine (CRMV-Paraná). She is a CNPq academic career research fellow. She has published several articles in specialized journals and works in the annals of events. She is the leader of the research group on the quality and technology of animal products at PUCPR and coordinates research projects in food science and technology, emphasizing meat product technology and microbiology.

Rolnei Ruã Darós

He has a doctorate in Applied Animal Biology from the Graduate Program in Animal Welfare at the University of British Columbia. He graduated in Agricultural Engineering with a master’s from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. He has experience in research and teaching in animal welfare, dairy cattle production, and pasture management. He is interested in the study of the welfare of companion, wild, and laboratory animals. He is developing epidemiological studies to better understand the associations between behavioral changes and the development of diseases.

Rüdiger Daniel Ollhoff

He graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of São Paulo (1992) and has a doctorate in Clinical Microbiology - Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover (1996). He is currently a full professor at the Veterinary Medicine Program and the Graduate Program in Animal Science of the Pontifical Catholic University, and adviser to the Associação Paranaense de Buiatria. He is a counselor to master students, undergraduate students, and end-of-course students. He is a reviewer of scientific journals. He has experience in Veterinary Medicine, emphasizing veterinary clinics, and works mainly in the following areas: bovine, buiatrics, hoof, health, phytotherapy, and agribusiness.

Saulo Henrique Weber

He has a degree in Mathematics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (2004), a master’s and PhD in Forest Engineering from the Federal University of Paraná (2006), and he is a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR). He has experience in mathematics with emphasis on discrete and combinatory mathematics and works mainly in the following areas: mathematical modeling, natural regeneration, spatial distribution, trend, and survivors.

Courses

Production Animal Well-being

Introduction to the concepts of animal welfare science (BEA). BEA’s physiological and behavioral indicators. BEA protocol evaluation for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep and goats, livestock and sport horses, broilers, laying hens, and pigs.

Assessment

Preparation of practical class reports and presentation of an audit project in animal well-being.

Equine Well-being.

Study of production and workhorse well-being. Evaluation of facial expressions for identifying discomfort and pain applied at horse clinics.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out during the course and involves the student’s attendance and participation in the topics covered, presentation of seminars, and developed practices. Theoretical and practical assessments may be carried out at the professor’s discretion.

Biostatistics and Experimentation

Organize, tabulate, and analyze the data obtained from animal experimentation and know how to interpret the results from the choice of statistical design.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out continuously during the course using mechanisms that demonstrate student ability to reflect on the assumptions of knowledge and work properly. The numerical record of the assessment will be made from studies conducted during the module and written elaboration based on the methodology discussed.

Biotechnology Reproduction

Conventional artificial insemination, fixed-time artificial insemination, collection and processing of animal semen, estrus synchronization, estrus induction, ovulation synchronization, ovarian superovulation, embryo transfer, embryo transfer at a fixed-time, follicular puncture, and in vitro fertilization.

Assessment

Frequency of scheduled activities:

Professor classes; seminars, reports, and active participation in FEGA practices.

Biotechnology in Animal Science

The course seeks to introduce the various aspects of biotechnology to professionals who have direct or indirect involvement with the farm, work, or domestic animals. Use of animal carcasses. Biotechnological aspects of artificial insemination. Biotechnology applied to forage and silage. Tissue and organ engineering. Enriched milk and milk products. Animal genetic improvement. Probiotics and fermentation products in animal health. Biogas production from animal waste. Production of meat hydrolysates with particular purposes. Bacterial and viral vaccine production.

Assessment

The assessment will be conditioned to the delivery of a book chapter. The chapters will make up a paper to be sent for publication, including the names of the students and their respective advisors. The professor responsible for the course will appear as the editor of the paper.

Stem Cells and Cell Therapy

Nature of stem cells. Stem cell sources. Surface markers and stem cell characterization. Stem cell potential. Use of stem cells to treat diseases: routinely performed therapies vs. treatment perspectives. Genetic aspects of cell therapies. Projects involving cell therapy. Legislation. Bioethics.

Cytohistopathology Applied to Diagnosis in Veterinary Medicine

General processes in general veterinary pathology: degenerative processes, apoptosis and necrosis, pathological pigmentations, hemodynamic disorders, inflammatory process, disorders of cellular development, growth and differentiation with emphasis to neoplasms. Cytopathology and histopathology were applied for diagnosis in veterinary medicine.

Assessment

Presentation of seminars and practical assessment in microscope and scanned slides.

Dermatology and Veterinary Allergy: A Thematic Approach.

Course description

Discussion of the main topics emerging from pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapeutic control of the significant morbidities in dermatology and veterinary allergy, based on extensive reviews of scientific texts and meta-analyses.

Assessment

Students will be assessed according to their technical knowledge, interest, attendance, seminar presentations, and discussion participation.

Veterinary Dermatopathology

Course description

Study of changes in the epidermis and dermis dermatohistopathological patterns. Diagnostic methods in dermatopathology. Anatomopathological and histopathological aspects of the main dermatopathies of small animals.

Assessment

Class participation. Presentation of seminars and articles.

Pulmonary Diagnosis and Therapy in Equines Compared

Course description

Study the mechanisms involved in pulmonary inflammation in horses, people, and animals used in experimental models. Approach to clinical diagnostic and interpretation techniques. Therapeutic modalities employed

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out during the course and involves student attendance and participation in the covered topics, presentation of seminars, and developed practices. Theoretical and practical assessments may be carried out at the professor’s discretion.

Entrepreneurship

Course description

Entrepreneurship is a course for all PUCPR graduate programs, enabling students to develop business models based on research problems. The student will apply tools to identify value propositions and model business ethically and collaboratively.

Applied Ethology

Course description

Introduction to the concepts of ethology, history of animal behavior, observation methods, assessment, and measurement with practical approaches. Fundamental behavioral processes (learning, adaptation, evolution, and cognition), individual, social, reproductive, feeding, maternal, territorial, and abnormal behavior.

Assessment

  • Field practical trip report
  • Presentation of a draft research project involving observation and measurement of animal behavior

Ethics and Scientific Integrity

Course description

Historical and philosophical background of scientific research. Ethics in scientific research: principles and norms. Integrity in scientific research: from scientific demarcation to data publication. Social responsibility in scientific research. Conflicts of interest in scientific production.

Fundamentals of Immunology Applied to Research

Course description

Discussion of cells and immune response mechanisms related to infection, inflammation, and repair, and the immunopathology of allergic, autoimmune, inflammatory, and immunodeficiency diseases in domestic animals, emphasizing experimental assessment protocols.

Assessment

Students will be assessed on attendance, theoretical class participation, interest, technical knowledge, participation, preparation, and presentation of seminars linked to the course.

Pulmonary Inflammation and Stem Cells

Course description 

Study of the mechanisms involved in pulmonary inflammation in domestic animals, people, and animals used in experimental models. Approaches to diagnostic techniques and study of pulmonary inflammatory response. Study of the anti-inflammatory and reparative effects of stem cells on pulmonary inflammation.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out during the course and involves the student’s attendance and participation in the topics covered, presentation of seminars, and developed practices. Theoretical and practical assessments may be carried out at the professor’s discretion.

Scientific Methodology Applied to Agricultural Sciences

Course description

Epistemological reflection proposes to understand research as a knowledge production factor and its elaboration in the academic model. The proposed study topics will address research as a factor in the production of knowledge, criteria of scientific knowledge, nature and assumptions of scientific knowledge, phases of knowledge construction and elaboration in the research methodology, and use of internet search tools in research applicability of didactic strategies in science. In addition, topics involving news about funding and research funding agencies, writing scientific articles, and the importance of publication in the academic environment will be discussed.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out continuously throughout the module, using mechanisms that demonstrate the student’s ability to reflect on the assumptions of knowledge and work with the scientific method. The assessment’s numerical record will be carried out based on directed studies and seminars during the module, based on the methodology discussed.

Neuroanatomy, Neuroclinics, and Neurosurgery of Pets

Course description

The study of neuroanatomy, neuroclinics, and neurosurgery of pets, based on the discussion of clinical cases, aiming to integrate students and professors and discuss the following chapters: conceptualization, neurolocation, differential diagnoses, diagnostic plan, etiopathogeny, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatments.

Assessment

Presentation and participation in seminars related to clinical cases and analysis of articles in pet animal neurology.

Nutrition of Non-Ruminant Animals

Course description

Anatomical and physiological principles of nutrition for non-ruminant animals (farm animals). Water, energy, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, minerals, and vitamin metabolism. Interrelationship between nutrients. Nutritional requirements. Growth-promoting additives.

Assessment

The course assessment will be by a written test, preparation of literature review, and seminar presentations.

Teaching practices I

Course description

In this course, students analyze strategies for effective learning in higher education. They reflect on each methodology’s teaching role or technique in promoting meaningful learning, considering the assessment process, and feedback planning. In the end, they can create lesson plans with constructive alignment and adapt strategies for their teaching and learning contexts.

Sustainable Animal Production and Nutrition

Course description

The current Brazilian animal production situation focuses on biological aspects, technologies, and biosecurity measures used in the production systems of broilers, eggs, pigs, cattle, and small ruminants. Metabolism of nutrients and energy. Additives in animal production. Topics of current importance in animal production, health, and sustainable development.

Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Course description

Introduction to systematic review. Preparation of the research question (PICO) Databases and search strategies. Eligibility criteria (inclusion and exclusion). Use of reference managers (EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero). Extraction of continuous and dichotomous data and features of interest. Data adjustment, imputation, and transformation. Meta-analysis.

One health

Course description

One Health, in which the health and well-being of human beings are related to animals’ health and well-being and that both populations affect the environment that coexists and is equally affected by that environment.

Updated Seminars

Course description

Discussion of relevant science topics and general culture to provide students with monitoring the prevailing trends in the scientific, economic, political, and social context. At each meeting, a prominent professional addresses a topic of interest to bring students a more comprehensive view of the world, complementing their scientific training, and seeking comprehensive training.

Assessment

The assessment will be carried out by the students’ presence in weekly meetings. Master’s students must attend at least 15 meetings and doctoral students at least 30 meetings during the term of their course.

Junior Seminar

Course description

The “Junior Seminar” course is mandatory and will be offered every six months. This course should be taken by the master’s student at the end of his/her first semester at PPGCA and by the doctoral student at the end of his/her second semester at PPGCA.

The course will consist of the presentation of a master’s or doctoral research project to a panel of three professors, one of them will be the supervising professor.

Senior Seminar

Course description

The “Senior Seminar” course is mandatory and will be offered every six months. This course should be taken by a master’s student at the end of his/her third semester at PPGCA and by the doctoral student at the end of his/her fifth semester at PPGCA.

The course will consist of the presentation of an ongoing master’s or doctoral research project to a panel composed of three professors, one of them will be the adviser professor.

Hospital Techniques in the Clinic and Ruminant Surgery

Course description

The main etiopathogenic, epidemiological, clinical symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of the main diseases affecting ruminants, especially cattle, goats, and sheep. In addition, they provide surgical and postoperative experience.

Assessment

Class participation. Presentation of seminars and articles.

Topics in Veterinary Pathology Applied to Research

Course description

Necropsy applied to research. Histochemistry and immunohistochemistry applied to research. Histopathological assessment techniques. Pathology applied to research projects.

Assessment

Class participation. Presentation of seminars, articles, and projects. Practical assessment of histopathology

Topics in One Health

Course description

In this course, the concepts in One Health will be introduced, which considers the interfaces of human, animal, and environmental health in an interdisciplinary approach to control emerging zoonosis/pathogens, food safety/animal production, antimicrobial resistance, and integrated well-being. The application of the concept in diseases of importance to human and animal health and collective medicine will be addressed. Intersectoral articulation and collaboration will also be addressed as well as educational and mobilization actions to control human and animal diseases.

Special Topics in Veterinary Oncology

Course description

The course aims to study the main neoplasms of domestic animals, with a particular focus on updating techniques and interpretation of the diagnosis, clinical and therapeutic conduct, and prognosis of tumors of veterinary importance.

Classes may be conducted through expository presentations, lectures, meetings to discuss scientific articles, remote activities (online), and seminars.

Assessment

  • Discussion and presentation of articles: 40%
  • Seminars: 50%
  • Class participation (attendance): 10%

Use of Infrared Thermography in Animal Science research

Course description

The use of infrared thermography as a tool in research projects in animal science, understanding the technique, camera usage, and the thermograms evaluation program, benefits, and limitations applied to scientific studies.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out during the course and involves the student’s attendance and participation in directed studies and articles.

Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Mycotoxins in Food and Animal Feed.

Course description

The course has a theoretical-practical aspect of the main in vitro techniques for studying the bioaccessibility and bioavailability of mycotoxins present in food. The theoretical part addresses in vitro and in vivo techniques used to study the effect of gastrointestinal digestion on the stability of toxic compounds present in food matrices, focusing mainly on static and dynamic models for the simulation of human and animal gastrointestinal digestion. The theoretical part also deals with the main techniques for studying mycotoxins’ bioaccessibility using cell and animal models.

The practical part consists of laboratory experiments to simulate gastrointestinal digestion of food and animal feed using biological human, swine, and poultry patterns.

Assessment

Class participation.

More Information

In just over ten years of existence, PPGCA has obtained several achievements that demonstrate program quality and its scientific and social impact.

The program has qualified teaching staff, currently comprised of 14 permanent professors and two collaborating professors.

The program encourages student internationalization through a sandwich internship abroad and encourages participation in international events and conferences.

Since February 2020, a total of 142 master’s and 18 doctorate degrees have been awarded.

The program has partnerships and co-guardianship agreements with renowned foreign institutions.

Approximately 70% of the faculty has undertaken a post-doctoral internship abroad.

At least one international course is offered annually.

Approximately 77% of the faculty has projects in partnership with the private sector. The professors of the program currently have 14 patent filing requests, showing technological and innovation bias.

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