Veterinary Anatomy 1A

Subject VETS10004 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 35 hours of lectures and 47 hours of practical classes.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment 137 hours (minimum).
Prerequisites: Nil
Corequisites: Nil
Recommended Background Knowledge: Nil
Non Allowed Subjects: Nil
Core Participation Requirements:

Prospective students are advised to familiarise themselves with the Faculty's Academic Requirements Statement

and information about Students Experiencing Disability


Mr Christopher Philip

Subject Overview:

Topics include: introduction to anatomy; general histology; general embryology; introduction to neuroanatomy; musculoskeletal system; cardiovascular system; haemopoietic tissues; radiographic anatomy; regional anatomy of the dog and embryological malformations.


At the end of the sequence Veterinary Anatomy 1A and Veterinary Anatomy 1B students completing these subjects should:

  1. comprehend: the terminology of gross anatomy, histology and embryology; the relationships between structure and function of each of the following types of anatomical structures: skin, fascia and skeletal muscles; bones and joints; viscera; vessels and nerves; the structural/functional differences of organs/tissues between the major domestic animals; the appearance, consistency and colour of normal structures; the identification of organs from different domestic animals; the appearance of normal structures in radiographs; the principles and essential information on the light and electron-microscopic structure of normal cells and tissues; the organisation of cells and tissues into specific organs and systems; the fundamental process of development, formation of the embryo, the placenta and development of organs; and the embryological basis of certain malformations;
  2. develop: practical skills in dissection and proper use of microscopes;
  3. appreciate: the range of variation in normal organs/tissues due to age, sex and physiological status; species variation of organ structure and function among the domestic animals; common occurrence of variations from text-book descriptions of anatomical structures; and the existence of microscopic structural variation in normal tissue.

A 2-hour written examination (60%) and an 80-minute practical examination (40%) both at the end of semester.

Prescribed Texts: Nil
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

At the end of the sequence Veterinary Anatomy 1A and Veterinary Anatomy 1B students completing these subjects should have:

  • skills in observation and recording, in interpretation of observations and in critical assessment of data;

  • familiarity with works of reference and methods of sourcing information; and

  • skills in collaborative learning as a team member.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Veterinary Science(PV)

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