This course is designed to give students knowledge of the fundamental mechanisms regulating growth and metabolic activity of domestic animals. He/she should possess knowledge of the useful biotechnology in the main species of veterinary interest.
Students should demonstrate to know all the items present in the program; in particular, students should show to be able to link the different arguments, to have a deep knowledge of the topics and to speech properly.
Elementi di Fisiologia umana e animale - Corso integrato Fisiopatologia degli organismi complessi
Course contents summary
The course begins with fetal programming lessons in relation to the
improvement of production performance in livestock species.
The core of the course covers the endocrine system with reference to the
main metabolic hormones (natural and synthetic hormones).
The third part of the course is about the regulation of energy
metabolism, in particular with reference to the role of adipose tissue and
The final lectures concern the rumen and the manipulation of the
Growth Hormone: characteristics, actions. Use of bST.
The glucocorticoids: characteristics and actions. Use and effects of synthetic hormones in farm animals.
Thyroid hormone: characteristics, actions. Use and effects of thyrostatics
in farm animals.
Catecholamines: characteristics and actions. Use and effects of synthetic hormones in farm animals.
The adipose tissue as an endocrine organ: the adipokines and their role in energy and food
Basics on rumen physiology. Rumen manipulation
M.J. Swenson, W.O. Reece ;Fisiologia degli Animali Domestici" Ed. Idelson - Gnocchi
Sherwood, Klandorf, Yancey ;Fisiologia degli animali - dai geni agli organismi;
Ex cathedra lectures, seminars, practical activities with some time dedicated to deepening and discussion.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final oral examination. Students should demonstrate to know all the items present in the program; in particular, students should show to be able to link the different arguments, to have a deep knowledge of the topics and to speech properly.
The exam will be considered as passed if the student demonstrates that has sufficient knowledge of the arguments that have been treated during the course.
Computer slides, lab instruments, scientific papers that are provided to the students during the course. Slides of the lessons are given to the students at the end of the course.