VSC224 Veterinary Anatomy (8)

Veterinary anatomy is the study of normal body organs and structures and will be delivered by lectures and practicals requiring systematic dissection of the dog as a type animal. Anatomical examination of live animals utilising handling skills are run in conjunction with dissection to give students an appreciation of the relationships of deep structures and organs to surface features. This topographical anatomy lays a foundation in normal animals for the clinical examinations and procedures carried out later in the course. Dissection of preserved and especially fresh animal tissues will begin the development of tissue handling skills required for surgery. Anatomy subjects run concurrently with Physiology Subjects and compliment each other.

This is a Key subject in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology, Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) Degree

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC224. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Bachelor of Veterinary Biology,
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with basic anatomy, and understand the relationship between form and function, for different body organs and systems
  • be able to describe the normal structure and disposition of the organs and structures of mammals and to be able to relate these to superficial features on the body of live animals
  • be able to utilise their understanding of normal structure to explain the anatomical basis for normal function of organs and systems.
  • be able to use information presented on domestic species to understand and explain modifications to basic mammalian anatomy adopted by different animal species.
  • be able to describe the basic embryological development of organs


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Locomotor system
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Alimentary system
  • Urinary system
  • Central nervous system


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.