Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Equine Anatomy and Physiology
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lectures per week
Practical 4 x 3 hour practicals per student per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Lab. report One (2000 words).  10%
Semester Assessment Lab. report Two (2000 words).  10%
Semester Assessment Lab. report Three (2000 words).  10%
Semester Assessment Lab. report Four (2000 words).  10%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   50% short answer questions. 50% essay questions.  60%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Discuss the position, role and function of the major organs within the body

2. Discuss the differences in the anatomy and physiology of horses (eg gender differences, breed differences, age-dependent differences).

Brief description

The module will consider the anatomy and physiology of equids, with the emphasis being placed on the horse. This will involve looking at the different organs and structures, their relative positions and their inter-related physiology. In addition, where relevant, comparisons with the anatomy and physiology of other herbivores will be made, thereby enhancing the understanding of the anatomy and physiology of animals in general.


1. Terminology used in anatomy
2. Evolution of equids
3. Bones, Skeletons and Teeth
4. Joints and Ligaments
5. Muscles
6. Digestive tract
7. Respiratory Tract
8. Urogenital System and Reproduction
9. Nervous system
10. Sense Organs and Common Integument
11. Heart and Circulation
12. Endocrinology and Lymphatic System

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Development of written communication skills via laboratory reports. Assessed in the assignment and feedback given.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the earlier lab reports will allow students to improve their writing skills for future reports where performance will be assessed and further feedback given.
Information Technology Preparation of reports in a scientific manner. Assessed in the assignment and feedback given.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop the necessary skills to allow them to be familiar with the anatomy and structure of the horse. Assessed in the assignment and feedback given.
Problem solving
Research skills Practical classes will allow development of laboratory skills which may be relevant to students' future careers. Assessed in the assignment and feedback given.
Subject Specific Skills In addition to the generic understanding of the anatomy of a horse, this module will provide students with skills which are essential for those taking up employment in the equine industry.
Team work Practicals will involve group work, where students will have to co-operate with each other during dissections.


This module is at CQFW Level 4