ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Not currently offered
Credit points: 15
This subject provides an overview of anatomy and biological processes that underpin growth, production and reproduction in the major agricultural animal species. Knowledge of animal physiology will be used to help students develop an understanding of a number of techniques used to enhance production and breeding stock. Applied animal genetics, environmental factors and animal welfare issues will also be introduced in an integrated approach and their impact on animal performance and production explored. Students will also investigate nutrition in ruminant and monogastric animals and the physiological processes necessary for production of meat, wool and milk. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of animal behaviour theory to improve animal performance, handling and safety during a range of practical workshops.
SchoolSchool of Life Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG
Prerequisites Admission into SBATE
Special conditions This elective will only run subject to sufficient enrolments
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Functional anatomy and physiology of domestic animals||Prescribed||Reece, WO 2009||4TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, AMES IA|
|Readings||Anatomy and physiology of domestic animals||Recommended||Akers, R & Denbow, D 2008||BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, IOWA, USA|
|Readings||Anatomy and physiology of farm animals||Recommended||Frandson, R, Wilke, W 7 Fails, A 2009||7TH EDN, WILEY BLACKWELL, BALTIMORE, MD|
|Readings||Animal nutrition||Recommended||McDonald, P, Edwards, R, Greenhalgh, J & Morgan, C 2011||7TH EDN PEARSON EDUCATION, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ.|
|Readings||Humane livestock handling - understanding livestock behaviour and building facilities for healthier animals||Recommended||Grandin, T, Deesing, M 2008||STOREY PUBLISHING, USA|
|Readings||Saunders comprehensive veterinary dictionary||Recommended||Studdert, V, Blood, D & Gay, C 2012||4TH EDN, SAUNDERS, EDINBURGH|
|Readings||Spurgeon's color atlas of large animal anatomy the essentials||Recommended||McCracken, O, Kainer, R & Spurgeon, T 2006||BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, IOWA|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Describe and explain the functional anatomy and physiology of selected production animal species
- Workshop sessions and practical exercises will be used to explore animal systems and organs. Students will handle and examine body parts in the laboratory.
02. Analyse production animal health, welfare, behaviour and environmental issues from a physiological perspective
- Workshop sessions and the farm will be used to demonstrate animal health, welfare, behaviour and environmental issues. The animals' physiology will be discussed and demonstrated in workshops and practical sessions where applicable.
03. Explain how ruminant and monogastric animals obtain and utilise nutrients for production
- Workshops will be used to explore the differences between monogastric and ruminants. Group discussion on the management differences will occur in workshops.
04. Explain physiological processes involved in production of muscle, fibre and milk for human consumption
- Workshop sessions, demonstrations, case study analysis and practical exercises will be used to explore physiological processes.
05. Explain the physiological principles of reproduction and its management in selected production animal species
- Workshop sessions, case study analysis and group discussion will be used to explore the physiological principles of reproduction. Discussion and demonstrations of modern techniques and procedures such as artificial insemination and embryo transfer used in reproduction will be done in workshops and field trips.
06. Use specialist terminology appropriately and present ideas in a format suitable for a professional audience
- Report writing, quizzes and group discussions using scientific and accurate language will be used in workshops and tutorials.
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