VSC225 Comparative Anatomy (8)

Comparative anatomy continues the study of normal body organs and structures undertaken in Veterinary Anatomy but extends it to study systems not studied in the dog including special senses and reproductive anatomy and of features of veterinary interest in a wide range of species including birds and wildlife.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC225. 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 enrolment in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science,
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 familiar with basic anatomy, how it develops embryologically and understand the relationship between form and function, for organs of special sense and for the reproductive systems of mammals.
  • be able to describe the normal structure, development and disposition of major organs and systems of veterinary significance of the following species. Ruminants, Horses, Chickens, Fish, Amphibians and Reptiles, Rodents and lagomorphs, Pigs and Tylopods.
  • be able to relate the anatomy of these animals to their lifestyles, particularly their feeding strategies.
  • be able to relate these major anatomical characteristics to superficial features on the body of live animals.
  • be able to integrate information from concurrent physiology subjects and apply this information to material covered in Comparative Anatomy.
  • be able to use information presented on these species to understand and explain the anatomy of a range of vertebrate species not specifically studied in this course.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Special senses
  • Reproductive systems
  • Ruminant anatomy
  • Equine digestive anatomy
  • Equine locomotor anatomy
  • Birds
  • Pigs and tylopds
  • Rodents and lagomorphs
  • Fish amphibians and reptiles
  • Embryology


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

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.