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 4 x 3 hour practicals per student per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Lab report  Lab report based on portfolios constructed from workshops and in private study time, which will discuss topics dealing with equine anatomy.  Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  60%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Outcomes assessed: 1, 2  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1.5 Hours   Examination 40%; Assignment 60%  Candidates will be required to re-take the element(s) of assessment that resulted in failure of the module  Outcomes 1, 2  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 of horses (eg gender differences, breed differences, age-dependent differences).

Brief description

The module will consider the anatomy 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 of other herbivores will be made, thereby enhancing the understanding of the anatomy 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
Communication Development of written communication skills via lab 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.
Research skills Practical classes will allow development of lab skills which may be relevant to their 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

Reading List

Adams (1987) Lameness in the horse 4th Primo search Ashdown, R D (1987) Colour atlas of veterinary medicine Vol 2 The Horse Primo search Bone (1988) Animal anatomy and physiology 3rd Primo search Budras, Sack and Rock (1994) Anatomy of the horse Primo search Dyce, K M, Sack, W O and Wensing, C J G (1996) Textbook of veterinary anatomy 2nd W B Saunders Primo search Frandson, R D (1981) Anatomy and physiology of farm animals Lea and Febiger Primo search Goody, P C (1983) Hrse anatomy. A pictorial approach to equine structure J A Allen Primo search Pollitt, C C (1995) Colour atlas of the horse's foot Mosby-Wolfe Primo search Riegel, R J and Hakola S E (1996) Illustrated atlas of clinical equine anatomy and common disorders of the horse Primo search Sisson and Grossman (1975) The anatomy of the domestic animals 5th Primo search Smyth, R H and Goody, P C (1975) The horse structure and movement J A Allen & Co Ltd Primo search head series/hheadl02.html www/


This module is at CQFW Level 4