Physiology, behaviour and welfare of dogs and cats in their relationship with humans

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to enable the students to acquire fundamental knowledge on the function, development and dynamics of the main behaviours of dogs and cats, on their mental abilities and on how these notions should be used to guarantee the wellbeing of these animals under proper management. The course also aims to make students aware of how they can apply this knowledge in different professional settings.
Expected learning outcomes
1) Knowledge and understanding: the student must demonstrate knowledge of the physiological bases of companion animals' behaviour.

2) Applied knowledge and understanding skills: the student must demonstrate to possess the indispensable concepts to establish links between the various topics covered, and in particular between physiology of animal behaviour and issues of animal welfare, in order to adequately deal with the knowledge required at a professional level.

3) Communication skills: the student must demonstrate to be able to use an appropriate terminology, which allows him / her to express the acquired knowledge appropriately.

4) Ability to learn: the student must demonstrate to be able, in total autonomy, to increase the knowledge of topics related to ethology and welfare of companion animals.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Lesson period
Second semester
VET/02 - VETERINARY PHYSIOLOGY - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Pirrone Federica
Tuesday 2:00-3:00 P.M.