Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment PORTFOLIO  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   WRITTEN EXAMINATION  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 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 different companion animals

Brief description

The module will consider the different organs and structures of the body, their relative position and their inter-related physiology.

The themes within this module build upon those which the students will have studied as part of module RS11310 (Equine Anatomy and Physiology). Further, this module will broaden their knowledge to other species, providing a contrast in the anatomy of different domesticated animals. In addition, being a Level 2 module, it will provide a more integrated approach, leading to an appreciation of how the different areas of systematic anatomy intercalate to provide a functional animal. Additionally, the subject matter will be comparative across a number of species, including dogs, cats and some avian species.


  • Terminology used in anatomy
  • Evolution of companion animals
  • Bones, Skeletons and Teeth
  • Joints and Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Digestive tract
  • Respiratory Tract
  • Urogenital System and Reproduction
  • Nervous system
  • Sense Organs and Common Integument
  • Heart and Circulation
  • Endocrinology and Lymphatic System

Reading List

Recommended Text
Dyce, K M, Sack, W O and Wensing, C J G (2002) Textbook of veterinary anatomy 3rd Saunders Primo search Getty, R (1975) Sisson and Grossman's The anatomy of the domestic animals 5th Saunders Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5