VSC227 Applied Veterinary Physiology (8)

Applied veterinary physiology continues the study of normal renal, neurological and special sense systems and then explores applied physiology of acid-base regulation, cardiovascular/respiratory and endocrine systems during stress, performance and adaption to new situations. Physiology's application to meat production is examined. Comparative studies will expand the finer understanding of physiology for the veterinary clinician. The student will then be prepared to integrate physiology into pathophysiology and medicine.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VSC227. 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 Biology.

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary  Science (Honours) Integrated Honours



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the normal function of renal and nervous systems in common domestic species;
  • be able to identify and explain interactions between different body systems required for complex physiological processes such as production, locomotion, acid-base balance, exercise and thermoregulation;
  • be able to apply and assimilate information from disparate sources to novel situations;
  • be able to critically evaluate scientific literature, analyse data by using common statistical methods and integrate them with valid conclusions into a scientific format in a critical manner; and complex concepts presented in a scientific format; and
  • be able to work as a team to achieve a group or individual goal.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Renal system physiology
  • Acid/Base physiology
  • Integrated Cardiovascular/Respiratory Physiology
  • Thermoregulation
  • Exercise physiology
  • Applied endocrinology
  • Applied meat production physiology
  • Neurophysiology and special senses
  • Comparative physiology
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Reading and understanding scientific literature

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VSC227 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Integrative physiology oral presentation abstract
Mid session exam - theory
Integrative physiology oral presentation
Practical reflection exercise
Final exam - theory

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.