Anatomy is the study of the structure of organisms as well as looking at the different shapes, positions and sizes of tissues. Vet assistants need anatomy and physiology to comprehend how to take good care of an animal. The body must remain in a balanced condition to operate. When the pets body does not maintain balance, veterinary staff must figure out how to recover the pets body to stabilise. Vet Assistants must be able to think and act quickly when a pet needs proper care.
When the conditions of an animal change, vet staff must know what the underlying cause of their situation is, and they must be able to help these pets recover their wellness. In other words, vet assistants need an understanding of anatomy and physiology to comprehend how an animals body performs when it is in perfect health so that when the animal get sick, they will understand why.
Physiology is the science of life. It is the branch of biology that aims to understand the mechanisms of living things, from the basis of cell function at the ionic and molecular level to the integrated behaviour of the whole body and the influence of the external environment. Research in physiology helps us to understand how the body works in health and how it responds and adapts to the challenges of everyday life; it also helps us to determine what goes wrong in disease, facilitating the development of new treatments and guidelines for maintaining animal health. The emphasis on integrating molecular, cellular, systems and whole body function is what distinguishes physiology from the other life sciences.
Units of Study
Unit 1 - Directional Terms - This unit covers the body’s functions and organisms
Unit 2 - The Common Integument - This unit covers a broad range of tissues and structures of the body.
Unit 3 - The Skeletal System - This unit covers framework and the structure of the bones
Unit 4 - Muscle Anatomy - This unit covers the various muscles and muscle groups that make up the mammalian body.
Unit 5 - Anatomy of the Joints - The unit covers the junctions between bones and tissues.
Unit 6 - Anatomy of the Nervous System - This unit covers some of the major anatomical structures associated with the system of nerve fibres.
Unit 7 - Anatomy of the Urinary Tract - This unit covers the urinary system, it’s structure and function.
Unit 8 - Cardiovascular Anatomy - This unit covers the circulatory system.
Unit 9 - Anatomy of the Digestive System - This unit covers the digestive tract including the liver and pancreas
Unit 10 - Anatomy of the Endocrine System - This unit covers metabolism
Unit 11 - Respiratory Anatomy - This unit covers the larynx, trachea and lungs
Unit 12 - Reproductive Anatomy - This unit covers the ovary, uterus, cervix, testicles and penis
Unit 1 - The Cell - This unit covers the basis of physiology
Unit 2 - Functions of the Common Integument - This unit covers skin and glands
Unit 3 - Osteology - This unit covers cartilage, tendons, joints and ligaments
Unit 4 - Muscle Physiology - This unit covers locomotion
Unit 5 - Sensory Physiology - This unit covers the visual and auditory systems
Unit 6 - Neurophysiology - This unit covers the nervous system
Unit 7 - Renal Physiology - This unit covers the kidney
Unit 8 - Cardiovascular Physiology - This unit covers the heart and lymphatic system
Unit 9 - Digestive Physiology - This unit covers teeth, stomach, intestine and liver
Unit 10 - Endocrine Physiology - This unit covers the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and pancreas
Unit 11 - Respiratory Physiology - This unit covers thoracic pressure, breathing and gas exchange
Unit 12 - Reproductive Physiology - This unit covers ovum and sperm
Once course is complete
1 x Certificate In Anatomy and Physiology
1 x Course Transcript
Certificate In Anatomy and Physiology
Assessments - Exams
Access to a computer
"I like the whole set up of this course and especially the assessments at the end when you have to diagnose the problem yourself with research - I have never come across this in other courses and it's very useful for picturing - using the information you learn in real life." - Heather