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Unit of study_

VETS6104: Foundations of Veterinary Science A

In this unit, the basic gross anatomy, histology (microscopic anatomy) and physiology of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems of domestic mammals are considered. The dog is used as the main anatomical exemplar, although some comparative anatomical detail, particularly for the digestive system, is included. Clinical material is used both to illustrate normal structure and function, and to provide the anatomical, histological and physiological knowledge that underpins the clinical examination and investigative techniques of these systems, such as auscultation, palpation and haematology. The material in this unit will underpin the acquisition of relevant skills in the unit of study Professional Skills 1A. Examples of disease in animals created by structural abnormalities and dysfunction are used to illustrate the application of this knowledge. This unit will provide a thorough basis for more advanced applied, regional and comparative anatomical and physiological learning in later years of the DVM in paraclinical and clinical disciplines. The body systems studied in this unit provide a framework of the mammalian body that will be further developed in Foundations of Veterinary Science B.

Code VETS6104
Academic unit School of Veterinary Science Academic Operations
Credit points 12
Assumed knowledge:
One semester of study in each of general chemistry (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. correctly apply anatomical, histological and physiological terms
  • LO2. identify and describe important features of the gross and microscopic structure of the integument, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems; including major species differences
  • LO3. describe the physiological features of the integument, musculoskeletal, digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and their role in the maintenance of homeostasis
  • LO4. integrate anatomical, histological and physiological principles to explain normal function, abnormal function and procedures
  • LO5. describe the anatomical relationships amongst structures in regions of the body and common modalities used to visualise them
  • LO6. compare and contrast the major anatomical structural and functional differences in common domestic species.

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