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Undergraduate Course: The Animal Body GEP (BVMS08058)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits130 ECTS Credits65
SummaryThis course focuses on integrated anatomy, physiology and biochemistry as they relate to the body systems in the normal animal. The course is taught using clinical cases in a blended learning format, with keynote lectures plus associated directed- self learning, small group work, practicals and tutorials to guide learning and understanding of the normal structure and function of the animal body.
Course description The course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge of normal animal structure and function, including immunology and inflammation, and the biology of veterinary pathogens, (bacteria, parasites and viruses), to proceed to the 3rd year of the BVM&S curriculum.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 1300 ( Lecture Hours 225, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 42, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 110, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 13, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 12.6, Revision Session Hours 5, Other Study Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 26, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 859 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Other Study Hours = 3
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 65 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Criteria for passing the examination.
Students must achieve a mark of 50% or more in all modules. Where less than 50% is achieved overall, student must resit all failed modules.
Students must achieve an accumulative mark of 60% or more to achieve a credit and 70% or more to be awarded a distinction in the animal body course.

Contribution of the marks attained in modules AB1 to AB4 towards final course mark.
. AB1 20%
. AB2 30%
. AB3 40%
. AB4 10%

AB1 Examination
This examination will cover the summer school, embryology and cell biology on-line components of the Animal Body course (approximately 37 lecture hours plus practical classes).

Examination structure: -
MCQ paper (1h)
Questions using material from the whole course. Approx. 40 questions
30 % of mark.
Short question paper (1.5h)
9 compulsory questions. 65% of mark
Oral examination (approximately 12 minutes) on anatomy based around anatomical specimens encountered during the course. 5% of mark

AB2 Examination
This examination will cover studies in immunology, inflammation, bacteriology, virology and parasitology. (approximately 54 lectures plus practical classes)

Examination structure:
Short answer paper, 1.5 hours, nine questions no choice. (35%)
MCQ paper 1 hour, forty questions. Covers entire course including questions requiring, for instance, identification and interpretation of images of specimens, bacterial plates and microscopic preparations. (20%)
Interpretative paper, 1.5 hours, (no of questions will vary) (35%)
In course assessment (10%): A reflective essay of between 1500 and 2000 words.

AB3 Examination
This examination will cover all the "systems teaching" (approximately 110 lectures plus practical classes)

Examination structure:
Short answer paper 2 hours (40%):
MCQ paper 1 hour (30%)
Interpretative paper, 1 hour (20%)
In course assessment (10%) Online MCQ paper (1h)

AB4 Examination
The assessment of module 4 contains 2 components
Examination structure:

Interpretation exam 1.5 hours (80%)
This exam will be based on the problem sets and the integrated anatomy teaching of module 4. The exam will contain a set of questions each of which have, as a starting point, a piece of given information. This information may take the form of clinical information, experimental data or an image or diagram to interpret.

Oral examination approximately 15 minutes (10%)
Elective (10%)
Feedback Exam Feedback session
In Course Assessment feedback
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Outwith Standard Exam Diets SeptemberAnimal Body GEP Module 1 Short Answer and MCQ Paper2:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Body GEP Module 1 Short Answer and MCQ Paper2:30
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Animal Body GEP Module 2 Online MCQ Exam1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Body GEP Module 2 Online MCQ Exam1:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Animal Body GEP Module 2 Interpretation Paper2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Body GEP Module 2 Interpretation Paper2:00
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Animal Body GEP Module 2 Short Answer Paper1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Body GEP Module 2 Short Answer Paper1:30
Outwith Standard Exam Diets FebruaryAnimal Body GEP - ABSC - Short answer paper and MCQ2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Body GEP Module 3 Clinical Reasoning Paper/ MCQ Paper2:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MayAnimal Body GEP - ABSC - Short Answer & MCQ Paper 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Body GEP Module 3 Short Answer Paper2:00
Outwith Standard Exam Diets MayAnimal Body GEP ABSC Paper 31:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Animal Body GEP Module 3 Clinical reasoning Paper 31:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to discuss, principles of small and large animal topographical anatomy
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of gross and basic microscopic structure of the body systems
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of the pathogenesis of infectious diseases.
  4. Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of the anatomical, functional and biochemical aspects of the body systems
  5. Apply basic clinical techniques to the investigation of body sytem function
Reading List
Animal Body 2
Textbooks recommended for further reading:


Day (with Schultz) 2014. Veterinary Immunology (Principals and practice) 2nd Edition. CRC Press'.


Urquhart, Armour, Duncan & Jennings (1996) 2nd Edition
Veterinary Parasitology. Oxford Blackwell.
(Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library).

Matthews, BE (1991)
An introduction to parasitology. Cambridge University Press.
(Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library).

Walker, AR (1994)
The, Arthropods of Humans and Domestic Animals. Chapman & Hall.
(Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library)

Quinn, PJ et al (1997)
Microbial and parasitic diseases of the dog and cat. Saunders.
Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library).

Bacteriology and Virology

Mims, CA, Nash AA and Stephens, J (2001) 5th Edition
Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. Academic Press.
(Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library)

MacLachlan and Dubovi (2011)
Fenner's Veterinary Virology, 4rd Edition. Academic Press.
(3rd Edition in Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library)

Salyers, AA & Whitt, DD (2011) 3rd Edition
Bacterial Pathogenesis : a molecular approach. Washington, DC : ASM Press.
(second edition Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library)

Quinn, PJ et al (2011)
Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Diseases. 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell Science.
(First Edition is at Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library)

Animal Body 3
Recommended Texts :

Recommended text book for the neuroanatomy course is: Veterinary Neuroanatomy: A Clinical Approach, Elsevier, Thomson and Hahn.
Can be ordered through Blackwells and is available on Amazon. A hard copy and electronic versions are also available through the Elsevier website:

Reproduction in farm animals. 7th Edition. Hafez E.S.E and Hafez B. (2000). Wiley-Blackwell.
Encyclopedia of Reproduction. First Edition. Knobil E. and Neill J.D. (1998). Academic Press.
Johnson & Everitt's essential reproduction. 6th Edition. Johnson, M.H. (2007). Blackwell, Malden.
Dellmannżs Textbook of Veterinary Histology 6th Edition, EURELL & FRAPIER (2006) Blackwell, Ames Iowa.

Reproductive Biology of the Mare: Basic and Applied Aspects. 2nd Edition. Ginther, O. J. (1992). Equiservices Publishing,

BERNE RM & LEVY MN (2004) Physiology, 5th Edition. Mosby Year Book.
GUYTON AC & HALL JE (2006) Textbook of Medical Physiology, 11th Edition. Saunders plus recommended Physiology and Pharmacology textbooks (see earlier introductory section on learning resources).
Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of Exotic Species- OżMalley, Baibre (2005). Elsevier/Saunders.

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Course organiserMr Andrew Gardiner
Tel: (0131 6)50 8788
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Huggan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6085
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