ENDOCRINOLOGY OF GROWTH
cod. 1000265

Academic year 2018/19
1° year of course - Second semester
Professor
SALERI Roberta
Academic discipline
Fisiologia veterinaria (VET/02)
Field
Discipline veterinarie e riproduzione animale
Type of training activity
Characterising
47 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in ITALIAN

Integrated course unit module: ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND GENETIC IMPROVEMENT

Learning objectives

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.

Prerequisites

Elementi di Fisiologia umana e animale - Corso integrato Fisiopatologia degli organismi complessi

Course unit content

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
adipokines.
The final lectures concern the rumen and the manipulation of the
flora/fauna rumen.

Full programme

Fetal programming
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
balance regulation.
Basics on rumen physiology. Rumen manipulation

Bibliography

M.J. Swenson, W.O. Reece ;Fisiologia degli Animali Domestici" Ed. Idelson - Gnocchi
Sherwood, Klandorf, Yancey ;Fisiologia degli animali - dai geni agli organismi;
Ed. Zanichelli
Scientific papers

Teaching methods

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.

Other information

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.