VAP101 - Anatomy and Physiology

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Subject Title
Anatomy and Physiology

Subject Description
This course will serve as an introduction to both anatomy and physiology.  The major body organs and body systems will be reviewed and examined for a variety of species, with emphasis placed on domestic animals. The relationship between the body systems and the overall health of the animal will be investigated. Medical terminology and common surgical procedures will be stressed. The importance of anatomy and physiology in understanding animal behavior, animal disease, pharmacology, radiology and clinical pathology will be explored.

Credit Status
One credit in Veterinary Assisting                                                                                     
Program and prerequisite for semester 2 courses

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of VAP 100, you will be able to:

  1. Use and spell anatomical terminology correctly and appropriately.
  2. Be able to properly identify the gender of small animal species, particularly felines.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of:
    1. Small animal anatomy
    2. Common diseases
    3. Medical conditions
  4. Describe types of cells and tissues of the body.
  5. List the names of organs and structures that make up the various body systems.
  6. Describe the ways in which organs and body systems function and interact.
  7. Describe the general and special senses of the body and their functions.
  8. Differentiate between exocrine and endocrine glands.
  9. Explain the structure and function of major animal organs.
  10. Explain the importance of anatomy and physiology in describing the disease process.

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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