Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Locomotor and Skin systems (year 1)
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Core for BVSc Veterinary Science – not available for any other student
Core for BVSc Veterinary Science – not available for any other student
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment .5 Hours   In-class written test  In-class written test  20%
Semester Assessment .17 Hours   Oral exam  Oral exam -10 minutes  20%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  Exam  60%
Supplementary Assessment .33 Hours   Oral exam  Oral exam -20 minutes  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit exam  Resit Exam  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Use standard anatomic terminology to describe parts of the body and their relationships to one another under examination conditions.

Describe the basic vertebrate body design and show understanding of comparative differences in common domestic species with particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal system in the veterinary context.

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the adult anatomy of the heart, great vessels and respiratory system in the common domestic species.

Describe the basic physiology and anatomy (both gross- and ultrastructural-) of the various tissues of the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and integumentary systems, and their interactions with other body systems.

Describe the structure of the integument (including specialised regions e.g. hoof, horn, ear) in veterinary species and relate structure to function.

Brief description

This module will link together the “Cardiovascular and Respiratory”, “Skin” and “Locomotor” strands to communicate the normal function of these animal systems and to improve understanding of the linkages between these critical systems and the rest of the body. It will provide an overview of the normal structure and function of the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. These strands have been designed to be delivered throughout the BVetMed course and in the first year will be taught in both semesters.


The module will provide an introduction to the anatomy and roles of the respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems. Additionally, the linkages with other systems such as the nervous, haematopoietic, urinary, endocrine, and lymphoreticular systems will be explored. Utilising practical anatomy classes with lectures and small group teaching, this module examines the physiological features that produce the normal functions in these systems. For the cardiovascular system, key organs, muscles and vessels of the cardio-respiratory system will be studied. In the introduction to the Locomotion strand we will cover the integrated structure and function of bone, muscle, tendon, and joints. Secondly, we will cover the properties of musculoskeletal tissues, and consider how these tissues adapt to meet an animal’s needs.
This module will explore how locomotor systems combine to produce locomotion in animals with specific reference to linkages with cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The introduction to integument covers the skin and specialised ectodermal organs (e.g. hooves, horns) and how this system contributes to the normal appearance and function of the animal.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam. This aspect is not assessed.
The coursework and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Small group learning will encourage students to communicate, assess and present information as a team. This aspect is not assessed.
Small group learning/Practical classes and exams will involve problem solving.
During the module, students will gain knowledge of veterinary terminology and anatomical locations.
Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and oral communication in the oral exam, where these will be assessed. Feedback for this will be given.
Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. This aspect is not assessed.
Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. This aspect is not assessed.
Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for assessments. This aspect is not assessed.


This module is at CQFW Level 4