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This subject takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation of health and disease in domestic animals. Students will be introduced to the structural and functional organisational units of the body and to the fundamental principles of veterinary anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, general pathology and immunology. Students will gain a theoretical knowledge and practical laboratory skills that are fundamental to an appraisal of the health of domestic animals.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, student should be able to:
- Explain how the structural and functional organisation of the cells, tissues, organs and body systems enable maintenance of homeostasis
- Communicate anatomical and microscopic features of animal tissues using scientific terminology
- Explain how homeostasis is maintained through normal hormonal, electrical and pharmacological communication
- Describe the major components of the immune system and the clinical manifestations of an activated immune response
- Apply the principles of common inflammatory and non-inflammatory pathological processes to explain the clinical features of disease
- Interpret data acquired from clinical cases, and apply understanding of the cellular and system structure and function in order to analyse and interpret clinical problems
- Be able to examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- Have enhanced analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- Be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method.
Last updated: 10 November 2023