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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1029482, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IF0325, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ZOOMORPHOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge RINA VERDIGLIONE VET/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses VET/01 Anatomy of Domestic Animals 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 2
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: The knowledge and skills required to follow the course successfully are those inherent in anatomy of livestock and animal husbandry.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of the course is to give to the student the essential elements to make an integral (morphological, physiological and functional) evaluation of growing animals. The student will be act to characterize animals according to race and aptitude type and to select the animal that suits to specific needs. Student will be act to evaluate and classify the carcass of cattle in accordance with the SEUROP-classification system. Student will be act to recognize the principal meat-cuts of cattle.
Examination methods: The exam will take place with a written test and/or an oral interview. There is an ongoing evaluation session.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on basis of the acquired knowledge in the different parts of the course. The student are required to demonstrate a general knowledge of the course contents. Particularly, students should demonstrate a good knowledge on the most important body regions, their anatomical basis, the elements of their evaluation, their strength and weakness points, and their possible defects.
Knowledge of morphological linear evaluation and carcass evaluation are required.
Course unit contents: Exterior conformation: Anatomical terminology. Locomotor apparatus: general part. Osteology, artrology and myology.
Coats – Coat color genetics – Horses coats – Distinctive markings of head ant limbs – Bovine coats.
Animals identification – Age-estimate by means of teeth examination. Structures of teeth and set of teeth. Dental chronology and age-estimate by means of teeth examination in horses and cattle.
Parts and regions of animal body: head, neck, anterior, dorsal, ventral and lateral regions of the trunk, regions of the limbs
Functional types: dynamic type, dairy type, meat type, double aptitude type. Animal mechanics (Static and dynamic animal mechanics)
Linear evaluation protocol for milk cows – Exercitations with experts for linear description and classification of Brown Swiss and Holstein Friesian breed
Evaluation and classification of bovine carcasses
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching activities, comprise lectures with exercises at the museum on the musculoskeletal system, exercises in classroom on the estimates of animal age on the basis of teeth examination in horse and cattle. Educational visits at dairy farms and beef units, direct exercise on linear morphological evaluation of animals in order to give practical content to the course and give sufficient skills to students for making choices of animals suitable for the different production aims.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students are highly recommended to be present at lectures throughout the course, especially for exercises and practical activities, also in order to acquire the learning material presented during class activities. This material will be made available online as power point presentations. Lecture notes and other material will be directly provided as photocopies.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bortolami - Callegari – Beghelli, Anatomia e Fisiologia degli animali da reddito. --: Calderini Edagricole, --.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action