Physiology of Animal domestics

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Provide to the student, through frontal teaching, laboratory and field exercises, internships, information tools, technology, technology transfer and culture related to the Physiology of domestic animals and ethology and animal welfare. The maximum didactic potential will be expressed in the discussion of fundamental and incisive topics for the training of a graduate in Animal Breeding and Wellbeing: homeostasis and intracellular and extracellular liquids, physiology of the cell, tissues and organs, endocrinology, nutrition physiology, reproduction, lactation, behavior, binding of animals specific species, interspecific, direct and indirect relationship with man and territory and functional and applicative aspects of animal biodiversity, resistance and resilience. The course will provide to the student the tools and knowledge to understand the close link between the physiology of the different organs and their fallout on animal welfare.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: the student will have to demonstrate the knowledge of basic physiological functions, related to homeostasis, intracellular and extracellular fluids, cell physiology, tissues and organs, endocrinology, nutrition physiology, reproduction, lactation and animal behavior .
Knowledge and comprehension skills applied: the student must demonstrate that he possesses the indispensable concepts for establishing connections between the various topics covered, and in particular between the physiology of the apparatus, endocrinology and aniaml behavior.
Communication skills: the student must demonstrate to be able to use an appropriate terminology, which allows him to adequately express the acquired knowledge.
Ability to learn: the student will have to demonstrate to be able, in total autonomy, to increase and integrate the knowledge of the topics related to the physiology and endocrinology and behavior of domestic animals.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Introduction to the course; indications on exams, exercises, didactic material; organization of educational groups
Physiology of the extracellular matrix
Physiology of the male reproductive system: seminology; male sexual behavior
Physiology of the female reproductive system: functional evaluation of the extrous cycles in different domestic species: 3 hours; ovulation, fertilization, pregnancy: 3 hours; birth and post-partum physiology

Physiology of the respiratory system: gas exchange; acid base balance control; secondary functions of the respiratory system (defense mechanisms, metabolic functions of the lungs, exchange and production of lung fluids, vocalizations):
Physiology of digestive system and difference between mono gastric: and poly gastric animals:; liver and pancreatic physiology:

Physiology of mammary gland, lactation and milk

Urinary system physiology; generalfunctions of urinary system: species-specific differences in urine composition:
Prerequisites for admission
The prerequisites necessary for passing the exam are knowledge of the anatomy of the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems, as well as biochemistry basics.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons in classrom.
Exercises in classroom, in laboratory and in livestock
Teaching Resources
. Avallone, Caola, Clement et al., Fisiologia Veterinaria. Point Veterinaire Italie; 2010.
. Sjaastad, Sand e Hove, Fisiologia degli animali domestici. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana; 2013.
. Cunningham James G. - Manuale di fisiologia veterinaria. Delfino Antonio Editore; 2005
. G. Aguggini, V. Beghelli, L.F. Giulio - Fisiologia degli Animali Domestici con elementi di Etologia. UTET; 1998
Assessment methods and Criteria
As for physiology, the exam consists of a written test, composed of 30 multiple choice questions with 4 possible answers, which may be either wrong or correct.
VET/02 - VETERINARY PHYSIOLOGY - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Vigo Daniele
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