This course involves two hours per week of classroom instruction and two hours per week of laboratory activity.
The major topics in this course include the following:
- vocabulary, root words, suffixes, prefixes, abbreviations and pronunciation of terms
- The cardiovascular system
- the major structures and functions of the cardiovascular system
- names and positions of cardiac valves, and types of blood vessels
- the pathway of electrical conductivity through the heart and how an ECG is produced
- The lymphatic system
- the major structures and functions of the lymphatic system
- understand the relationship between the hematologic and lymphatic systems for immunocompetence
- The respiratory system
- the major structures and functions of the respiratory system
- comparative anatomy of the lungs of different species, including avian air sacs and pneumatic bones
- The urinary system
- the structure and function of kidneys
- the components of the nephron and their contribution to urine formation
- blood pressure regulation by the renal system
- The endocrine system
- the structure and function of hormones secreted by endocrine glands and their target organs
- the basic functions of hormones produced by the endocrine glands
- normal glucose metabolism and regulation
- The reproductive system
- the major structures and functions of the male and female reproductive systems
- the relationship between the endocrine and reproductive systems, and how endocrine hormones affect production of reproductive hormones and cells
- the estrous cycle of various species and factors influencing its stages
- the type of uteri and types of placentation in various species
- clinical signs of impending parturition
- The sensory system
- the structure and function of the eye and ear, their components and physiology
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the structure and function of the cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems.
- Describe the pathway of electrical conductivity through the heart.
- Describe the fetal circulatory system and the changes occurring at birth.
- Describe the structure and function of the respiratory system including the transport of gases in the blood.
- Describe the structure and function of the urinary system and explain the process by which the kidney produces urine.
- Describe the structure and function of the endocrine system and understand the feedback mechanism that controls release of endocrine hormones.
- Describe the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems.
- Describe the estrous cycle and factors influencing its stages.
- Describe the types of uteri and the types of placentation in various species.
- Identify the major structures and functions of the eye and ear, including the mechanisms of sight and hearing.
- Describe the steps necessary to perform a necropsy, including correct specimen collection techniques.
The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. A final minimum cumulative grade of “C” or 60% is required (in both lecture and lab components) in order to pass this course. Evaluation will be based on quizzes and assignments, practical evaluations including a final practical examination, at least one midterm and a final written examination.
A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.