Learning outcomes of the course unit
The main aim of the course is to convey to students a notion of anatomy which emphasises its application aspects, enabling them to acquire knowledge that will be useful to them in dealing with clinical and inspection matters.
The Topographical Anatomy exam is preparatory for the following exams: Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Surgery and Emergency Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, Veterinary Obstetrics.
Course contents summary
The Topographical Anatomy course deals with: regional anatomy, surface and visceral anatomy, reflex anatomy, anatomy of birds, concepts of anatomy of aquatic and reptile species.
Regional anatomy: head, neck, thoracic and pelvic limb regions: limits, relations, morphology and stratigraphy. Back, chest, abdomen and pelvic regions: limits, relations, morphology and stratigraphy.
Surface and visceral anatomy: topography, projective and exploratory analysis of thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities.
Reflex anatomy: afferent branch, central connection and efferent branch of reflexes. Anatomy of birds.
Concepts of anatomy of aquatic and reptile species.
Berg R., Anatomia Topografica ed applicata degli animali domestici, Ed. UTET, Turin.
Pelagalli G.V., Botte V., Anatomia Topografica Veterinaria, Ed. ERMES, Milan.
Merighi A., Anatomia applicata e topografia regionale veterinaria, Ed. PICCIN.
Popesko P., Atlante di Anatomia Topografica Veterinaria, Ed. Grasse/EdiMediche.
The teaching method is oral and practical, and incorporates traditional classroom-based and practical lessons. The latter are conducted on both live and dead animals, and involve students directly in both dissection operations and the topographical evaluation of the various viscera.