VETERINARY PHYSIOLOGY AND ENDOCRINOLOGY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide students with the information to know and understand the physiological mechanisms responsible for the regulation of the kidney, endocrine system and reproductive physiology, with particular emphasis on the aspects of homeostasis. Examples of integration of regulatory processes will be proposed in order to allow the student to use the knowledge and understanding gained in the course.
-Knowledge and understanding. The student will gain knowledge of the main principles of cellular and general veterinary physiology, functions of the organs and systems in domestic animals, taking also into account comparative aspects. The understanding of integration of the various functions will also be necessary.
-Applying knowledge and understanding. The student will gain capacity to use knowledge in order to identify and evaluate experimental data and descriptive graphs of functional characteristics of organisms.
-Making judgements. The student will acquire ability to understand and critically and independently discuss data and different research topics.
Communications. The student should be able to correctly use specialized terminology during his speech and should gain capacity to analyze logically and sequentially cause/effect sequences of physiological processes.
Course contents summary
The kidney function will be described in the first part of the course, with reference to the role played by these organs in the regulation of fluid and electrolyte homeostasis and in the regulation of acid-base balance.
The next part of the course will focus on hormones and endocrine glands, starting from general to come to describe specific features. Regulation of homeostasis of calcium and phosphate metabolism and the endocrine regulation of metabolism will also be proposed.
The third part of the course will deal with the physiology of the male and female genital tracts and the endocrine regulation of reproductive events. In the final part of the course the physiology of the mammary gland and the endocrine regulation of lactation will be addressed.
1) O.V. SJAASTAD, K. HOVE, O. SAND "FISIOLOGIA DEGLI ANIMALI DOMESTICI" CASA EDITRICE AMBROSIANA. 2) L. SHERWOOD, H. KLANDORF, P.YANCEY "FISIOLOGIA DEGLI ANIMALI- DAI GENI AGLI ORGANISMI. 3) J.G. CUNNINGHAM "MANUALE DI FISIOLOGIA VETERINARIA" , ANTONIO DELFINO EDITORE;
4) GUYTON AND HALL "FISIOLOGIA MEDICA", PICCIN, PADOVA;5)STANFIELD "FISIOLOGIA" EDISES
Course topics will be addressed in lectures. In addition, pratical training, seminars and educational visits will be proposed to integrate teorical lectures. All course materials will be made available to students.
Assessment methods and criteria
The acquisition of knowledge and understanding with regard to issues covered by the course, will be tested by means of an oral examination. During the interview, the student must also demonstrate the ability to make connections between the various topic proposed.