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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 Students must be enrolled on a BVMS Veterinary Medicine degree programme in order to take this course.
Additional Costs None
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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.
Dellmann┬┐s 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- O┬┐Malley, 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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