Module Information

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

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 builds upon the basic anatomical and functional understanding covered in your first year and explores the function of locomotor, cardiorespiratory and integumentary systems in more depth, including in the context of dysfunction (using common disease exemplars). Understanding of the normal structure and function will enable appreciation of the signs and effects of dysfunction in disease, and the principles of treatment. This module will also address the linkages between these critical systems and the rest of the body.


Combining practical anatomy classes with lectures and small group teaching, this module examines in greater depth the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, skin and locomotor systems, both in normal function and in the context of common conditions of these systems encountered in veterinary general practice.
Within the cardiovascular and respiratory topics, the normal structure and function of these closely related systems will be revisited in greater depth, with exploration of the signs and effects of dysfunction. In the locomotor system, structure and function are also expanded upon, with additional context including fracture healing, musculoskeletal conditions, and lameness. In skin, this module continues the study of the integument introduced at the end of Year 1, of the skin as a metabolic organ, barrier and microhabitat. Students will apply their knowledge of normal structure and function in clinical examples. Throughout, linkages between these systems and others will be explored to provide an multi-faceted appreciation of how body systems function as a whole.

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