Anatomy of Domestic Animals

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course is designed to provide useful information about morphology and structure of the animal body species of zoo-economic interest. Specifically, the course aims to 1) train the student in the scientific language of anatomy; 2) provide adequate theoretical notions of histology of the fundamental tissues; 3) provide notions of microscopic and macroscopic anatomy.
During the course the structural and topographical differences of the organs and anatomical apparatuses in the different species to be studied will be emphasized (ruminants, pigs, horses and rabbits). Students are encouraged to take into account the link with Biology and Histology and to gain the anatomical knowledge in view of the successive study of Physiology.
Expected learning outcomes
Each student will be able to recognize and describe the four fundamental tissues: each tissue will be commented in a simple and rational way, describing the main structural elements that distinguish it and highlighting the characteristic elements that allow its histological classification. In this way the student will have the necessary tools to organize the micro-anatomical structure of the studied organs.
At the end of the course the student will be able to know and understand, in a rational way, the general and species-specific microscopic and macroscopic characteristics of the apparatus of zoo-economic animals studied in the course (pig, horse, cattle, sheep, goat and rabbit) and to understand the importance of the applying knowledge and understanding for the subsequent stages of his/her studies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Reference text will be the same as for face-to-face teaching: power points and videos will be uploaded to the teacher's Ariel website;
the teaching methods adopted will be mixed as follows: face-to-face lessons with students associated with synchronous lessons (Microsoft Teams) and possibly asynchronous (Power point with audio)
The learning verification method and related assessment criteria are the same provided in the syllabus, but it can possibly be conducted in a remote way (Microsoft Teams platform).
Course syllabus
The course of Anatomy of domestic animals concerns topics of citology, histology, and macro- as well as microscopic anatomy referring to food animal species.
Prerequisites for admission
No special prerequisites are required: basic knowledge of animal biology is a valid aid for understanding the contents.
Teaching methods
Face-to-face lessons in the classroom also with the aid of 3D models for the study of the various anatomical apparatuses of the course
Teaching Resources
Recommended text:
R. Bortolami, E. Callegari, P. Clavenzani, V. Beghelli: Anatomia e Fisiologia degli Animali Domestici. Edagricole, Bologna, 2009. ISBN-978-88-506-5311-9.
The online course is active on the University's ARIEL portal:
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral interview aimed at ascertaining the acquisition, correct understanding and ability to rework the content of the course. The educational material available on the Ariel platform allows the formulation of questions aimed at verifying the knowledge of the topic, the exhibition capacity, the ability to critically analyze the contents. The test will be assessed out of thirty and the final grade will take into account the accuracy and quality of the answers, as well as the communicative ability and the ability to adequately motivate statements, analyzes and judgments during the final interview.
VET/01 - VETERINARY ANATOMY - University credits: 8
Lessons: 64 hours
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