AVAILABLE IN CANADA ONLY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY DIPLOMA OPEN
Students are introduced to the anatomical framework and functioning of the interconnected
body systems of domestic animals in this first of two anatomy and physiology courses. Emphasis
is shared between anatomical structure and the body’s homeostatic measures, depicting the
mechanisms that balance and maintain the body’s normal ranges. In each system, students
investigate clinical examples as they pertain to veterinary care, highlighting body landmarks
and exploring the anatomical pathology of commonly encountered diseases.
- Apply directional terminology associated with anatomy.
- Describe the role of cells and tissues in the whole animal.
- Name major bones of the animal body and describe how they grow and heal.
- Identify the major ligaments and joints of the animal body and describe their role in
- Describe the major divisions of the brain and nervous systems.
- Use appropriate and safe techniques and to administer routine eye diagnostics tests and to
apply eye medications.
- Use appropriate and safe techniques to examine, clean and medicate cat’s and dog’s ears.
- Describe the anatomy of skin including specialized structure such as the hoof.
- Identify the structures of the organs of special senses and describe how they function.
Topic 1: Introduction and Directional Terms
Topic 2: Cell Anatomy and Physiology
Topic 3: Tissues - Living Communities
Topic 4: The Skeletal System
Topic 5: The Integument and Related Structures
Topic 6: The Nervous System
Topic 7: Sense Organs
Required text and materials
The following materials are required for this course and come as a bundle (ISBN
978-0-323-35621-3) which includes:
- Colville, T. P., & Bassert, J. M. (2016). Clinical anatomy and physiology for
veterinary technicians (3rd ed.). Elsevier.
Type: Textbook. ISBN-13:
- Colville, T. P., & Bassert, J. M. (2016). Lab manual for clinical anatomy and
physiology for veterinary technicians (3rd ed.). Elsevier.
The following textbook would have been purchased in VTEC 1101. Students who don't already own
the required textbook, will need to purchase it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services
at email@example.com or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada),
250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
- Bassert, J.M. (2022) McCurnin’s clinical textbook for veterinary technicians (10th
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9780323722001
The following textbooks are optional for this course:
- Gilbert, S. G. (1989). Pictorial anatomy of the cat. University of Toronto Press.
ISBN 0-295-95454- X
- Aiello, S. E. (1998). The Merck
veterinary manual (8th ed.). Merck & Co. ISBN-13: 978-0911910292.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 60% or higher on
the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam.
|Assignment 1: Anatomical Planes and Directional Terms
|Assignment 2: Skeletal System
|Assignment 3: Skeletal System - Joints
|Assignment 4: The Integumentary and Related Structures
|Assignment 5: Sense Organs
|Assignment 6: Sense Organs - Eye and Ear Exam
|Quiz 1: Cell Anatomy and Physiology
|Quiz 2: Skeletal System
|Quiz 3: Integumentary and Related Structure
|Quiz 4: The Nervous System
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of your course.