The Italian Association of Veterinary Morphologists (AMV) was founded in 1995 as a forum of the Italian University Professors and Researchers and scholars who, for whatever reason, are interested in the morphology of animal organisms directly or indirectly related to veterinary disciplines.
At the moment there are about a hundred members and include Professors, Associate Professors, University Researchers, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Students doing research on organization, structure and functions of cells, tissues, organs and systems of the animals of veterinary and biomedical interest, from the macroscopic level to the molecular level, even in the sense of biotechnology.
The name of the Association emphasizes the primary scientific interest of its members: the study of animal morphology, even in the comparative aspects, topography and application, including in this study also that of morphogenesis and developmental abnormalities.
The new logo was designed by Massimo Demma who was inspired by the figure of the hydra painted on one of the best examples of a particular type of vessel called hydria (a typical Greek amphora for water transport) cerveteri (from Cere an ancient Etruscan city that today is called Cerveteri) dated 525 BC and stored at the Paul Getty Museum in Malibu (California, USA).
From a zoo-morphological point of view is interesting to consider the variability of the number of heads: the Hydra of Lerna (which is precisely the one depicted) had seven heads while here there are nine. The Encyclopedia Treccani online reports that to the Hydra of Lerna are attributed three to nine or even more, up to 50 heads.
The symbol was chosen for several evocative reasons, for example the appearance of the heads of the hydra is reminiscent of the apical specializations of numerous epithelial cells or the arborization of certain types of nerve cells. Also the number of heads is linked to different ordered structures detectable in animal cells (particularly as regards the cytoskeleton). Finally, the colors used are those of the anatomical drawings of the nerve cells of the School of Camillo Golgi in Pavia.