VETERINARY PHYSIOLOGY I AND ETHOLOGY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge of the main physiological functions of domestic animals in a homeostatic perspective.
Course contents summary
Physiology of the nervous system
Overview of the nervous system.
Somatic sensations. Pain sensations. Neuromuscolar junction.
Spinal cord functional anatomy. Reflexes and reflex arcs. Pathophysiology of the spinal cord. Skeletal muscle stretch receptors: the muscle spindle and the Golgi tendon organ. Sensory pathways. Thalamus. Somatosensory cerebral cortex.
Brain stem functions. Cranial nerves.
Brain’s control of posture and locomotion. Upper and lower motoneurons. Pyramidal and extrapyramidal systems. Cerebellar control of motor activity. Cerebellar inputs and ouputs.
Integrative functions of the cerebrum. Wakefulness and sleep. EEG.
Organization and functions of the autonomic nervous system. Anatomical divisions. Neurotrasmitters and synaptic function. Effects on specific structures. Hypothalamus and homeostasis. Hypothalamus and control of pituitary function.
Physiology of special senses.
Physiology of digestion.
Overview of digestive function and its control. Prehension and mastication. Compositions and functions of saliva. Deglutition. Esophagus. Functional anatomy of stomach. Gastric juice. Control of gastric motility and secretion. Function and composition of pancreatic exocrine secretion. Control of pancreatic juice. Role and composition of bile. Gallbladder. Functional anatomy of small and large intestine. Chemical digestion and absorption in the intestine. Intestinal motility and its control. Vomiting and defecation. Digestion in the ruminant stomachs: the fermentative processes. Substrates and products of fermentative digestion. Reticolorumen motility and its control. Eructation. Rumination. Equine large hindgut function.
Metabolism and thermoregulation.
Metabolism of sugars, lipids and proteins. Energy balance. Normal temperature in domestic animals and thermoregulation strategies. Fever.
Learning. Classic and operant conditioning. Reinforcement and punishment. Non associative Learning. Social behavior and hierarcy. Territorial behavior and marking behavior. Pheromones. Stress and distress in domestic animals. Biology of stress. Well- being in domestic animals.
-"Fisiologia degli animali domestici",Sjaastad, Sand, Hove, Edizione italiana,Casa Editrice Ambrosiana.
-J.G. CUNNINGHAM "MANUALE DI FISIOLOGIA VETERINARIA" , ANTONIO DELFINO EDITORE;
-GUYTON AND HALL "FISIOLOGIA MEDICA", PICCIN, PADOVA;
-M.J. SWENSON, W.O. REECE "DUKE'S FISIOLOGIA DEGLI ANIMALI DOMESTICI", IDELSON-GNOCCHI, NAPOLI;
-G. AGUGGINI, V. BEGHELLI, L.F. GIULIO " FISIOLOGIA DEGLI ANIMALI DOMESTICI CON ELEMENTI DI ETOLOGIA", UTET,TORINO;
-SHERWOOD, ANDORF, YANCEY "FISIOLOGIA DEGLI ANIMALI- DAI GENI AGLI ORGANISMI.
Lectures and practical training
Assessment methods and criteria