MORPHOFUNCTIONAL EVALUATION OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To give to the student the competences on the main methods of morphologic evaluation of the domestic animals.
Course contents summary
Introduction: Definition, scope and limits of the morpho-functional evaluation of domestic animals. The constitution. Zoognostic terminology.
Morphology and function: Tegumental apparatus (colours, fleeces, signaling). Outer conformation (regions of the body). Stances. Morphologic types.
Functional characteristics: Movement and pace (cinematic). Evaluation of the age. Examination of the state of health. Weighing and measurements. Morphologic evaluation.
Guided tours in zootechnical herds.
MEREGALLI A.: Conoscenza morfofunzionale degli animali domestici. Liviana Editrice, 1980.
CATALANO A.L.: Valutazione morfo-funzionale del cavallo. Igiene ed etnologia. Goliardica Ed., Parma, 1984.