VET-20001 - Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
Coordinator: Victoria Waring
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 45
Study Hours: 450
School Office: 01782 733928

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective





VET-10005 Animal Management for Health
VET-10001 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology

Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module extends from the first year anatomy and physiology module and explores the body systems with wide variations between species and breeds. It also extends the feeding knowledge from Animal Management for Health into the study of nutrition, enabling students to formulate diets.
This module addresses the following RCVS competencies:
3 - Demonstrate the ability to critically review and evaluate evidence, in support of practising evidence based veterinary medicine.
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 and welfare needs, including healthy domestic animals, captive wildlife and laboratory-housed animals.

The aims of this module are to:
1. Further develop understanding of structure, function and regulation of body systems in animals;
2. Explore the comparative anatomy and physiology of common domestic and exotic species;
3. Establish the clinical relevance of sound knowledge of the normal animal body.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain the embryological development of the gastrointestinal tract and analyse the nutritional requirements of monogastric, ruminant and hindgut fermenters in relation to production cycles, animal health and diet formulation: 1,2,3
Apply the knowledge of the structure and function of the canine cardiovascular and respiratory systems (including haematopoietic and lymphatic systems) to evaluate species differences and embryological development: 1,2,3
Compare the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system in a range of species and breeds to include embryological development and recognition of main anatomical points in carcases: 1,2,3
Analyse the comparative anatomy of the integumentary system across a range of species: 1,2,3
Evaluate the differences in the structure and function of the reproductive system and foetal development in relation to management of domestic species, to include hormonal regulation of the reproductive cycle in multiple species: 1,2,3
Evaluate the differences across species in the structure and function of the renal and endocrine systems: 1,2,3
Compare the structure and function of the nervous system and special senses in a range of species and breeds to include embryological development.: 1,2,3

Study hours

Lectures - 108 hours
Practicals - 108 hours
Tutorials - 36 hours
Supervised online study (GOAL) - 36 hours
Independent Learning - 162 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Case Study weighted 30%
Clinical case studies
2 x 1000 word referenced academic case-based assignments. Student choose two cases that they have studied throughout the module to submit for summative assessment. Students will have opportunity for peer review of their assignments before submission. Over the course of the module, students will study five cases that relate underpinning scientific knowledge to concepts of clinical relevance. Examples of clinical case studies for portfolio: Formulate diets Dietary problem cases (low fibre rabbits, cattle acidosis, vegan cats) Plan a surgical approach (abdominal, thoracic and musculoskeletal) Relate breed characteristics to function of particular livestock species (relating integumentary or musculoskeletal) Compare the special sense abilities of a range of animals

2: 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.

3: Exam weighted 50%
Examination (2 hours)
Closed book, time restricted written examination, sampling knowledge and understanding of indicative content. MCQ questions and short answer questions to total 100 marks. All indicative content sectors to be covered. The duration of the exam will be 2 hours.