Ethnography and Appraisal of Domestic Animals

Course Code :1042FBDDIE
Study domain:Veterinary Medicine
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:36
Credits:4
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Peter Bols
An Langbeen

3. Course contents *

In the perspective of general biology of highly evolved animal species this course can be considered as an extension of zoology, but only focusing on domestic animals. It is an introduction to the most important animal species and breeds of importance for a veterinary surgeon, and to different aspects of the exterior of domestic animals. Some attention is paid to evolution, domestication and selection of domestic animals and to their consequences on physiological and morphological development and behaviour. Domestication induced a rich variation among domestic animals, which leaded to ethnographic groups of breeds. The latter show a variety of characteristics that are interesting to humans, both in the fields of production and formalism. The external appearance of the most important breeds is discussed and visualized by photographs. Moreover a lot of different exterior identification marks are studied in both production animals and companion and hobby animals. All this is placed in the broad context of the utilization and the management of domestic animals.