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VET 115IN - Animal Anatomy and Physiology

7 Credits, 11 Contact Hours
5 lecture periods 6 lab periods

Anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Includes the study of body systems such as skeletal, muscular, integumentary, special sense organs, circulatory, digestive, nervous,  respiratory, reproductive and special sense organs. Also includes endocrine, urinary systems and principles of disease.

Prerequisite(s): Within the last eight years with a C or better: BIO 156IN  or BIO 181IN  (or required  score on BIO 156 assessment test), and VET 100  (or concurrent enrollment).  
Corequisite(s): VET 112IN  
Information: Admission to Veterinary Technology program is required before enrolling in this course. 


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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Interpret and use anatomic and physiologic terminology.
  2. Explain the composition, function and disease processes associated with integumentary system, muscle, bone, cardiovascular, digestive organs, urinary, renal, nervous and reproductive systems.
  3. Classify composition of circulating blood and explain hematopoetic generation.
  4. Assess the aspects of pH, fluid, and electrolyte homeostasis physiology.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Define anatomical terminology.
  2. Define basic physiology terminology.
  3. Differentiate between cells, tissues, organs and organ systems, both structurally and functionally.
  4. Describe integumentary system and associated structures.
  5. List skin disorders and medical terminology.
  6. Identify and name the organs of the digestive system, including structure and function.
  7. Describe the digestive functions of the pancreas and liver.
  8. Describe neural and hormonal regulation of the digestive system.
  9. List digestive system disorders and terminology.
  10. Explain the structure and formation of teeth in different species.
  11. List dental disorders and terminology.
  12. List functions of the skeletal system.
  13. Classify bones by location and shape.
  14. Identify the parts of a synovial joint.
  15. List skeletal disorders and terminology.
  16. List muscle types.
  17. Explain muscle and neuromuscular physiology.
  18. Describe other support structures including tendons, ligaments, bursa, and fascia.
  19. List muscular system disorders and terminology.
  20. Describe the circulatory system, including the blood vascular system and the lymphatic vascular system.
  21. Describe basic blood cell types and formation.
  22. Explain the structures and function of the heart.
  23. List major vessels, arteries and veins.
  24. List circulatory system disorders and terminology.
  25. Describe and identify the components and function of the respiratory system.
  26. Explain the control mechanisms and cycles of respiration.
  27. List respiratory disorders and terminology.
  28. Describe male and female reproductive systems.
  29. Explain reproduction, conception, and pregnancy.
  30. Contrast the stages and describe the progression of parturition.
  31. Relate the composition of the mammary glands, and illustrate the functions of the normal and the pathology of the abnormal mammary gland
  32. Explain reproductive endocrinology.
  33. List the stages of parturition.
  34. Explain the anatomy and function of mammary glands.
  35. Explain lactation.
  36. Describe the structure and the functions of the endocrine system.
  37. Describe anatomy of the urinary system.
  38. Describe urinary disorders and terminology.
  39. Explain physiologic formation of urine.
  40. Explain fluid, electrolyte and acid-base homeostasis.
  41. Describe the nervous system, functions and structures.
  42. List the nervous system divisions, structure and functions, including the anatomy of the brain.
  43. Describe nervous system disorders and terminology.
  44. Describe and identify special sense organs, including: taste, smell, and general sensations.
  45. List special sense organs disorders and terminology.

  1. Terminology
    1. Anatomical
      1. Definition
      2. Planes and sections
      3. Directions
      4. Cavities
      5. Regions and quadrants
      6. Cells
      7. Tissues
      8. Organs
      9. Systems
    2. Physiological
      1. Definition
      2. Cells and tissues
      3. Homeostasis
  2. Integumentary System
    1. Skin
    2. Hair
    3. Claws and hooves
    4. Horns
    5. Disorders and medical terminology
  3. Digestive System
    1. Organs
      1. Mouth and teeth
        1. Structure and formation
        2. Function of different species
        3. Disorders and terminology
      2. Esophagus
      3. Stomach
        1. Simple
        2. Ruminant forestomachs
      4. Intestines
        1. Carnivores
        2. Herbivores
      5. Accessory organs
        1. Pancreas
        2. Liver
    2. Digestive processes
    3. Digestive hormones
    4. Disorders and terminology
  4. Skeletal System
    1. Bone tissue
      1. Functions and structures
      2. Medical terminology
    2. Types of bones
      1. Location
      2. Shape
    3. Divisions
      1. Axial
      2. Appendicular
    4. Vertebrae of domestic animals
    5. Joints
    6. Disorders and terminology
  5. Muscular System
    1. Types and functions
      1. Skeletal
      2. Cardiac
      3. Smooth
    2. Neuromuscular physiology
    3. Muscle groups
    4. Disorders and terminology
  6. Circulatory System
    1. Blood vascular system
      1. Cell types
      2. Cell formation
      3. Fetal circulation
    2. Heart
      1. Structure and function
      2. Cardiac cycle
    3. Major vessels, arteries and veins
    4. Lymphatic vascular system
    5. Disorders and terminology
  7. Respiratory System
    1. Structure and functions
      1. Upper respiratory tract
      2. Lower respiratory tract
    2. Respiratory mechanisms
      1. Gas exchanges
      2. Inspiration
      3. Expiration
      4. Breathing control
        1. Mechanical
        2. Chemical
    3. Disorders and terminology
  8. Reproductive System
    1. Male
      1. Structure and function
      2. Disorders
    2. Female
      1. Structure and function
      2. Disorders
    3. Fertilization and pregnancy
      1. Estrus cycle
      2. Ovulators
      3. Fertilization and implantation
      4. Embryo development
    4. Parturition
    5. Milk production
      1. Structure and function of mammary glands
      2. Hormones
  9. Endocrine System
    1. Structure and functions
    2. Glands and hormones
  10. Urinary System
    1. Structure and function
      1. Kidneys
      2. Ureters
      3. Urinary bladder
      4. Urethra
    2. Urine formation
    3. Fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base homeostasis
    4. Disorders and terminology
  11. Nervous System
    1. Tissue structure and function
    2. Divisions
      1. Central
      2. Peripheral
      3. Autonomic
        1. Sympathetic
        2. Parasympathetic
    3. Brain
    4. Disorders and terminology
  12. Special Senses Organs
    1. Olfactory (smell)
    2. Gustatory (taste)
    3. Visual (eye)
    4. Auditory (ear)
    5. Vestibular (mechanical)
    6. Disorders and medical terminology

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2021/22

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