Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces the principles of functional anatomy and physiology of the major equine body systems from the microscopic level to the horse as an integrated entity. Key topics include: the functional anatomy and physiology of major body systems, the physiological mechanisms utilised when responding to environmental, stress and health challenges and develoment of skills including health and safety requireiments of an anatomical laboratory, and basic laboratory dissections, procedures and calculations

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This elective subject is offered subject to demand. Students are expected to work with live animals. All use of animals is regulated through the Scientific Procedures Licence and The Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHorse anatomy: a coloring atlas, 2nd ednRecommendedKainer, RO & McCracken, TO 1998Alpine Publications, Colorado
ReadingsClinical anatomy and physiology for veterinary technicians, 3rd ednRecommendedColville, TP & Bassert, JM 2016Elsevier, St Louis, MI
ReadingsAnatomy & physiology of domestic animalsRecommendedAkers, RM & Denbow, DM 2013Wiley Blackwell, Ames, Iowa
ReadingsIntroduction to horse biologyRecommendedDavies, Z 2005Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
ReadingsTextbook of veterinary anatomy, 4th ednRecommendedDyce, K, Sack, W & Wensing, C 2010Saunders, Philadelphia, PA.
ReadingsAnatomy and physiology of farm animals, 7th ednRecommendedFrandson, R, Wilke, W & FailsIowa State University Press, Ames, IA.
ReadingsFunctional anatomy and physiology of domestic animals, 4th ednRecommendedReece, WO 2009Wiley Blackwell, Ames, IA
ReadingsIllustrated atlas of clinical equine anatomy andRecommendedRiegel, R & Hakola, S 2004Equistar Publications, Marysville, OH.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify and describe locations and structures on and within a horse's body using anatomical and lay terminologies.

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

02. Identify and describe the functional anatomy and physiology of the major equine body systems

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

03. Integrate knowledge of the functional anatomy and physiology of the major body systems to explain the physiological response of a horse to environmental and health challenges

Lectures, tutorials and practicals

04. Work safely, efficiently and cooperatively in a group anatomy laboratory.


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Week 29-43, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 29 - 42
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
"Flipped classroom # online recorded lectures"

Practical Week: 29 - 42
Eight 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
"8 x 3 hour practical Classes per study period. (Semester) Held at Epping and Northern Lodge (Melbourne Polytechnic, Eden Park)"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 29 - 42
One 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 42 and delivered via online.
"Tasks to be completed from prescribed texts or on line using student management systems"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online quizzes (6 x 5%), equivalent to 1000 words)Multiple quizzes throughout semester.30 01, 02, 03
Laboratory Manual /Record (1500 words).Based on anatomical and dissection practicals30 01, 02, 03, 04
Written exam (2 hours, 2000 words)40 01, 02, 03