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ANSC 142: Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals (3 credits)

Course Description

Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Compares the anatomy and function of major body systems for the cat, dog and horse, with lesser emphasis on birds, reptiles and amphibians. This course is intended for students entering veterinary technology, veterinary assisting or other animal-related fields. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Registration in or a grade C or better in ANSC 142 and ANSC 142L. Credit for or placement in ENG 100 and MATH 101. Confirmed attendance to WCC veterinary technology information session.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the chemical building blocks of major biological molecules.
  • Describe the link between cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
  • Contrast the structure and function of major body systems (e.g., skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive) among companion animals and selected livestock species.
  • Explain how disease and disorders disrupt the homeostasis of each of the above body systems and discuss how common veterinary medical treatments are used to restore homeostasis.

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