VET-10001 - Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology
Coordinator: Victoria Waring
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 45
Study Hours: 450
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module provides knowledge of normal animal body structure, function and regulation. Understanding normal biology is essential for identifying abnormal structure and function, as well as devising, and monitoring success of, treatments. Underpinning scientific principles will be clearly linked to clinical relevance throughout and assessed via case-based assignments. Immunology will be introduced in this module, and expanded upon in Comparative Anatomy & Physiology and Veterinary Pathology.
This module addresses the following RCVS competencies:
1- Act professionally, as informed by the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct
11- Demonstrate a commitment to learning and professional development, including recording and reflecting on professional experience and other learning aimed at improving performance and competence.
12- Engage with self audit and peer-group review processes in order to improve performance
14- Adapt knowledge and skills to varied scenarios and contexts
This module addresses the following RCVS underpinning knowledge:
The structure, function and behaviour of animals and their physiological needs.

The aims of this module are to:
1. Develop understanding of normal mammalian body structure, function and regulation to the level required for veterinary clinical practice.
2. Explore the clinically significant differences in body structure, function and regulation across selected species.
3. Establish the clinical relevance of sound knowledge of the normal animal body.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Define the most common veterinary and anatomical descriptors that are used in veterinary medicine and practice: 1,2,3
Recognise cellular components and function, including description of organelles, and describe the different types of cellular replication and tissue growth: 1,2,3
List cell types and tissue types and state the function of the different tissue types and how they form body systems: 1,2,3
Describe the structure and function of the cardiovascular system in relation to oxygen and nutrient homeostasis of tissues, to include haematopoietic system, lymphatic system and immune systems: 1,2,3
Describe the structure and function of the renal and endocrine systems in relation to fluid and electrolyte balance, to include endocrine glands and positive and negative feedback loops: 1,2,3
Describe structure and function of the nervous system and the special senses: 1,2,3
Describe the structure and function of the respiratory system to include the defences of the respiratory system: 1,2,3
Describe the structure and function of integument and accessory glands: 1,2,3
Describe the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system: 1,2,3
Describe the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract to include introduction to nutrients and basic nutrition: 1,2,3
Describe the structure and function of the male and female reproductive tracts to include introduction to hormonal regulation: 1,2,3

Study hours

Lectures: 108 hours
Practicals: 108 hours
Tutorials: 36 hours
Supervised online study (GOAL): 36 hours
Independent Study: 162 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 30%
Clinical Case-based Reports
Students will submit one formative and two summative 1000 word case-based reports. The reports will link underpinning science to the clinical scenarios they have studied throughout each anatomy and physiology block. The three reports must cover different body systems.

2: Exam weighted 50%
Examination (2 hours)
MCQ (single best answer) questions and short answer question to total 100 marks. Sampling knowledge and understanding of all indicative content sections. 2 hours

3: Exam weighted 20%
Spot test (1 hour)
Students will complete an electronic spot test to assess their understanding of anatomy and physiology knowledge and understanding. There will be 30 questions to be completed within one hour. Questions will require identification and explanation of basic function of anatomical structures. There will be one formative spot test at the end of autumn term followed by two summative spots tests at the end of spring term and in the end of year assessment period respectively.