Module title: Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET07101
Module leader: David Smith
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science


2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: David Smith
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures and practical classes form the basis of learning and teaching on this module (LO1-4). The lectures are interactive and make use of anatomical models (LO1) and, occasionally, live animals to demonstrate anatomical landmarks (LO2). Practical classes are used for dissections to demonstrate some major body systems (LO3) such as musculoskeletal, urinary and cardiovascular systems. The virtual learning environment is used to support teaching with on-line quizzes, access to learning tools, videos of examinations of animals in the veterinary environment etc.

Formative Assessment:
Students will be asked to produce a written piece of work, including annotated diagrams, pictures and descriptions, based on describing the skeletal system of a named species, using the assessment guidelines provided, on which they will receive feedback prior to working on their summative piece of work. The coursework should allow students to be creative and may take the form of a poster or an illustrated written piece. The aim is to encourage study of the anatomy of a species of their choice and to display this in a creative and expressive format. The work should be referenced, but may include copied pictures or students may choose to make their own drawings. 3 dimensional models may form part of the work if a student feels this is the best way to illustrate an anatomical feature. Examples from previous years are used to illustrate the type of work acceptable.
Formative assessment for the on-line test will be provided by means of short on-line quizzes, and a “mock” test, all of which have answers provided. This will give students the chance to experience the type of questions they will be asked in the final test, but they will get automatic feedback on all questions.

Summative Assessment:
A portfolio of two pieces of work (total 2000 words maximum- 80% of module assessment), one of which will be a leaflet (max 1000 words) giving information to clients about a genetic condition for which there is a known breeding programme (LO4). The second piece will be similar to the formative piece of work on the skeletal system, but will be based on a body system of the student’s choice (excluding the skeletal system LO3). The format may be as annotated diagrams, or a poster. (1000 words max).
The on-line test (20% of module assessment) is time limited and undertaken under supervised conditions. This meets the RCVS requirements for a supervised assessment. (LO1 and LO2)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 80 3,4 14/15 , WORDS= 2000
Class Test 20 1,2 12 HOURS= 01:00
Component 1 subtotal: 80
Component 2 subtotal: 20
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will learn the terminology associated with investigation of animals in terms of directional planes, movement of limbs, prefixes and suffixes used and the body cavities found in mammals. You will also learn how to identify body landmarks used when treating a range of animal species. The anatomy and physiology of the major body systems are studied (cats and dogs), and you will also learn how an understanding of genetics leads to the introduction of breeding programmes in domestic species.
The module content is designed around the RCVS syllabus (2011) VN3 and provides underpinning knowledge for RCVS Day One Skills for veterinary nurses, section 3.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Describe boundaries of body cavities, directional terms and sections used in investigating animal health
LO2: Identify anatomical landmarks relevant to veterinary nursing practice
LO3: Describe the functions of the major body systems in a healthy mammal
LO4: Relate an understanding of genetics to an animal breeding programme in a named species

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology