Course code Vete2013

Credit points 4.50

Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Additional course materials Vete2013.pdf

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes44

Independent study hours60

Date of course confirmation20.04.2011

Responsible UnitPreclinical Institute

Course developers


Lauma Mancēviča

Dr. med. vet.

author lect.

Anete Freiberga

second level professional higher educational programme(līm.)

Course abstract

Anatomy is the foundation for all biological knowledge. Anatomy of Domestic Animals is the science of the structure of animal body. Anatomy of the Domestic Animals is very close connected with cell biology, histology, microscopically anatomy and physiology. Anatomy is the basis of clinical sciences.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: students are able to describe and explain
the anatomical structure of organ systems and
apparatuses of the domestic animals - 8 colloquiums.
Skills: students are able to identify the organs of
horses, ruminants, swine, carnivores and domestic
fowl, and describe them. Skills are acquired and
evaluated in practical work during the preparation of
study material and answering the colloquiums.
Competency: ability to analyze, compare and
differentiate the body structure of domestic animals,
its peculiarities in different animal species, applying
it to the clinical practice. Competences are assessed
in practical work with 8 oral colloquiums.

Course Content(Calendar)

16 lectures and 44 laboratory works (60 academic hours)
1. Introduction. History of anatomy – 1 academic hour.
2. Anatomy research methods. Body’s overall structure – 1 academic hour.
3. Morphofunctional characteristics of the skeleton, its ’phylo- and ontogenesis – 1 academic
4. Osteologia and systema skeletale, development of the bone – 1 academic hour.
5. Columna vertebralis, its morphofunctional characteristics – 1 academic hour.
6. Skeleton appendiculare, its’morphofunctional characteristics – 1 academic hour.
7. Bones of the front and hind limb. Differences between species – 1 academic hour.
8. Skeleton of the head. Differencies between the species – 1 academic hour.
9. Types of bone articulations. Phylo- and ontogenesis of articulations – 1 academic hour.
10. Structure of the joint. Its’ morphofunctional characteristics and classification – 1 academic
11. Articulationes of the limbs – 1 academic hour.
12. Muscle as an organ. Its ’phylo- and ontogenesis. Types of muscles – 1 academic hour.
13. Classification of the muscles, its ’auxillaries – 1 academic hour.
14. Muscles of the limbs, differences between the species – 1 academic hour.
15. Muscles of the trunk, its ’classification – 1 academic hour.
16. Muscles of the head, its ’classification – 1 academic hour.
1. Columna vertebralis – 8 hours of practical work (1st colloquium)
2. Skeleton of the front limb (membra thoracica) - 6 hours of practical work (2nd colloquium)
3. Skeleton of the hindlimb (membra pelvina) – 5 hours of practical work (3rd colloquium)
4. Skeleton of the head (skull) - 5 hours of practical work (4th colloquium)
5. Joints and muscles of thoracic limb – 5 hours of practical work (5th colloquium)
6. Joints and muscles of the hindlimb - 6 hours of practical work (6th colloquium)
7. Muscles of the trunk, joints, ligaments - 6 hours of practical work (7th colloquium)
8. Muscles of the head, joints, ligaments - 3 hours of practical work (8th colloquium)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully passed 8 colloquia and exam.
Unjustified delays in lectures and practical work are
not more than 30% of the total academic hours.
If the exam is not passed within the first 4 weeks since
the beginning of the study course Anatomy of
domestic animals II and / or unjustified absences are
more than 30% of the total number of academic
hours, then the study course must be re-acquired in
the next study year, following the study course

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The tasks of homework are assessed in accordance with the tasks specified in the practical work.
Students independently acquire and strengthen their knowledge in the structures of domestic animals and anatomical differences in domestic animal species. Independently learns new anatomical terminology, following the content of the course plan.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Colloquiums are evaluated on the 10-point scale, the score is scored from 4 to 10 points. Evaluation of a colloquium depends on the presentation of practical and theoretical knowledge. Colloquiums are answered sequentially according to the course plan and using the study material.
Each wet material of the colloquium is stored for 30 days from the moment of its production.
Events that are out of control (fires, floods, riots, war or other similar situation) that delay or hinder the fulfilement of the set obligations are taken into account and student may answer the colloquiums remotely without the presence of study material.

Compulsory reading

1. Brūveris Z., Baumane S., Dūrītis I. Mājdzīvnieku praktiskā anatomija. Rīga: Medicīnas apgāds, 2018. 2. Brūveris Z. Mājdzīvnieku anatomija. Rīga: Medicīnas apgāds, 2007. 3. König H.E., Lieblich H.G. Veterinary Anatomy of Domestic Mammals. 6th edition. Germany: Schattauer, 2014. 4. Done S.H., Goody P.C., Stickland N.C. Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy. Vol. 3. The Dog and Cat. Philadelphia: Elsevier Helt, 2007. 5. Dyce K.M., Sack W.O., Wensing C.J. Textbook of veterinary anatomy. 4th edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders company, 2010. 6. World Association of Veterinary Anatomists. Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria. 6th edition. 2017. Pieejams: from

Further reading

1. Brūveris Z., Baumane S. Lauksaimniecības dzīvnieku morfoloģija un fizioloģija. Rīga: Zvaigzne. 1987. 2. Sisson S., Grosman J. The anatomy of the domestic animals. 10. Edition. Philadelphia and London: W.B.Saunders Company, 1973. 3. Nickel R., Schummer A, Seiferle E. Lehrbuch der Anatomie der Haustiere. Band I-IV. Berlin, Hamburg: Verlag Paul Parey, 1973-1992.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Ozoliņš, P. (1975). Lauksaimniecības dzīvnieku anatomija. Rīga: Zvaigzne.2. Brūveris, Z., Cunskis, J., Pastuhovs, M. (1978). Lauksaimniecības dzīvnieku anatomijas praktikums. Rīga: Zvaigzne. 3. Kainer, R.A., McCracken, Th.O. (2003). Dog anatomy: A Coloring Atlas. U.S.A.: TetonNewMedia. 4. Latshaw, W.K. (1987). Veterinary Developmental Anatomy: A Clinically Oriented Approach. Toronto, Ontario: B.C. Decker Inc. 5. Aspinall, V., Capello, M. (2009). Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Phisiology. Textbook (Second edition). Philadelphia: Elsevier.6. Howard, E.E., de Lahunta, A. (2013). Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog (4th edition). Missouri: Elsevier7. Hudson, L.C., Hamilton, W.P. (2010). Atlas of Feline Anatomy for Veterinarians (second edition). U.S.A.: Teton New Media.8. Budras, K.D., McCarthy, P.H., Horowitz, A., Betg, R. (2007). Anatomy of Dog (5th edition). Hannover: Schlütersche.


Compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine