BASIC CONCEPTS OF VETERINARY ETHOLOGY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge of the physiological bases of animal behavior
Course contents summary
Functional organization of the nervous system.
Regulation of emotional and behavioral patterns by the hypothalamus and the lymbic system. Biological rhythms. Motivation and learning. Classic conditioning. Trial and error learning: reward and punishment. Social behavior and hierarchy. Territorial behavior and marking. Pheromones. Stress and distress in domestic animals. Fight or flight reaction. Welfare in farm animals.
Etologia degli animali domestici, Per Jensen, McGraw-Hill, Milano.
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