cod. 1005234

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisiologia veterinaria (VET/02)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
28 hours
of face-to-face activities
4 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the student should have acquired knowledge regarding general ethology mainly in domestic animal. In detail, the student should be able to:.
Know the main principles of Ethology. The student should be able touse the specific language and use the scientific terms (knoledgement and understanding)
3. explain the results of the studies and toxic or antidote properties also to an audience of non-experts. (communication skills)
4. choose the right antidote on the basis of the acquired knowledge and clinical needs. (making judgements)
5. link the different topics treated in the course among themselves and to other disciplines of the academic degree course. (learning skills)


Not as for the degree corse

Course unit content

Functional organization of the nervous system.
Regulation of emotional and behavioral patterns by the hypothalamus and the lymbic system. Biological rhythms. Motivation and learning. Classic conditioning. Trial and error learning: reward and punishment. Social behavior and hierarchy. Territorial behavior and marking. Pheromones. Stress and distress in domestic animals. Fight or flight reaction. Welfare in farm animals. Il benessere negli animali domestici. Etologia degli animali domestici, Per Jensen, McGraw-Hill, Milano.

Full programme

History of the study of animal behaviour, Aristotele, Darwin, Skineer, Pavlov Lorenz et al.
Physiology of behaviour of nervous system and neuroendocrine system.
The cost/advantages curve of animal behaviour
Reproductive behaviour of domestic species. Ritms, pheromones, and other behaviours linked to the reproductive courtship
Interaction between genetic and environment in the animal behaviour
Farrowing, calving and maternal care of newborn
The control of territory and its impact on domestic animal behaviour
Limbic system and sleep
Social organization
The sense, sight, hearing, smelling, ultrasound, tavt
The behaviour of Dog, Cat, Horse, Cow (dairy and beef) Buffalo, swine , rabbit, birds

Suggestes lectures
Verga M., Carenzi C.: Il comportamento degli animali domestici. Edagricole. Bologna.
Papalia S.: Il benessere degli animali. Esseditrice


Gli studenti possono trovare i pdf delle lezioni sulla piattaforma Elly (

Etologia degli animali domestici, Per Jensen, McGraw-Hill, Milano.

Suggestes lectures
Verga M., Carenzi C.: Il comportamento degli animali domestici. Edagricole. Bologna.
Papalia S.: Il benessere degli animali. Esseditrice

Teaching methods

The activities will take place in telepresence through the use of the Teams and Elly platforms. In particular, they will be
realized lessons in both synchronous (via Teams) and asynchronous mode (uploaded on the Elly page of the course).. Students with SLD, SEN or disability must send requests to be able to take advantage of compensatory and / or dispensatory measures during the exam at least 10 working days before the date scheduled for the exam by e-mail addressed to the teacher holding the '' teaching and cc to the Department Coordinator (list of contact persons and related email addresses available here and to the Reception Center and Inclusion (

Assessment methods and criteria

9 examination sessions are scheduled throughout the academic year, as reported on ESSE3 platform website. 5 more sessions are scheduled for so called "fuori corso e ripetenti" students. A minimun of 14 days is required between two subsequent examination sessions. The examining board consists of at least two teachers.

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