Course code Vete2015

Credit points 6

Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Additional course materials Vete2015.pdf

Total Hours in Course162

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes64

Independent study hours82

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.)

Prior knowledge

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Vete2014, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals II

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 anat-omy and physiology. Anatomy is the basis of clin-ical sciences.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: students are able to describe and ex-plain the anatomical structure of organ systems and apparatuses of the domestic animals - 10 col-loquiums.
Skills: students are able to identify and describe the organs of horses, ruminants, swine, carnivores and domestic fowl. Skills are acquired and evalu-ated in practical work during the preparation of study material and in response to colloquiums.
Competency: ability to analyse, compare and dif-ferentiate the body structure of domestic animals, its peculiarities in different animal species, apply-ing it to the clinical practice.
Competences are assessed in practical work with 10 oral colloquiums.

Course Content(Calendar)

Kursa plāns/saturs / Course plan
16 lectures and 64 laboratory works (80 academic hours)
lecture 1 - General characteristics of angiology
lecture 2 - The structure of the heart
lecture 3 - Peripheral blood circulation
lecture 4 - Characteristics of the lymphatic system
lecture 5 - Structure of lymphatic organs
lecture 6 - Structure and development of the nervous system
lecture 7 - Structure of the spinal cord
lecture 8 - Development and structure of the brain
lecture 9 - Peripheral nervous system
lecture 10 - Head nerves
lecture 11 - Autonomic nervous system
lecture 12 and 13 - Endocrine System
Lectures 14, 15 and 16 - Anatomical features of a bird
Practical works:
1. Blood vessels of the heart, thoracic and abdominal cavity (aorta, veins, lymph nodes) – 8 academic hours of practical work (1st colloquium)
2. Blood vessels of forelimb (arteries, veins), lymph centres and lymph nodes – 4 academic hours of practical work (2nd colloquium)
3. Blood vessels of hindlimb (arteries, veins), lymph centres and lymph nodes – 8 academic hours of practical work (3rd colloquium)
4. Blood vessels of head (arteries and veins), lymph centres and lymph nodes – 4 academic hours of practical work (4th colloquium).
5. Brain and spinal cord. Meninges of the central nervous system – 8 academic hours of prac-tical work (5th colloquium)
6. Nerves of the head – 4 academic hours of practical work (6th colloquium)
7. Nerves of the thoracic limb. Plexus brachialis, cervical nerves – 4 academic hours of practi-cal work (7th colloquium)
8. Lumbar nerves, lumbosacral plexus – 8 academic hours of practical work (8th colloquium)
9. Systema nervosum autonomicum. Glandulae endocrinae – 4 academic hours of practical work (9th colloquium)
10. Anatomy of the bird – 8 academic hours of practical work (10th colloquium).

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully completed 10 colloquiums and final examination and unjustified delays in lectures and practical work do not exceed 30% of the total ac-ademic hours.
In order to be able to arrange colloquia, you must have passed the study course Anatomy of domes-tic animals II, which is allowed during the first 4 weeks from the beginning of the study course Anatomy of domestic animals III.
If the exam of Anatomy of domestic animals III is not passed during the first 4 weeks of the next study semester 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 plan.

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 an-imals and anatomical differences in domestic ani-mal 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. The answer-ing of the colloquiums take place sequentially ac-cording to the course plan at the study material.
Each wet material of the colloquium is stored for 30 days from the moment of its production.
After completing the colloquium plan student must take an oral examination and answer to 3 questions in the ticket.
Students who have at least 7 points and above in colloquiums, in agreement with the lecturer may skip the exam, but instead prepare a presentation material for the study course. As a final mark, av-erage arithmetic score from the evaluation of the colloquiums taken by the study course is given.
Events that are out of control (fires, floods, riots, war or other similar situation) that delay or hinder the fulfilment of the set obligations are taken into account and student may answer the colloquiums /exam remotely without the presence of study ma-terial.

Compulsory reading

1. Brūveris, Z., Baumane, S., Dūrītis, I. (2018). Mājdzīvnieku praktiskā anatomija. Rīga: Medicīnas apgāds.
2. Brūveris, Z. (2007). Mājdzīvnieku anatomija. Rīga: Medicīnas apgāds.
3. König, H.E., Lieblich, H.G. (2020).Veterinary Anatomy of Domestic Mammals (7th edition). Germany: Schattauer.
4. Done, S.H., Goody, P.C., Stickland, N.C. (2007). Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy (Volume 3), The Dog and Cat. Philadelph-ia: Elsevier Helt.
5. Dyce, K.M., Sack, W.O., Wensing, C.J. (2018) Textbook of veterinary anatomy (5th edition). Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders company.
6. World Association of Veterinary Anatomists (2017) Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria (6th edition), 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. Lauksaimniecības dzīvnieku anatomija. Rīga: Zvaigzne. 1975. 2. Brūveris Z., Cunskis J., Pastuhovs M. Lauksaimniecības dzīvnieku anatomijas praktikums. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1978. 3. Kainer R.A., McCracken Th.O. Dog anatomy: A Coloring Atlas. U.S.A.: TetonNewMedia, 2003. 4. Latshaw W.K. Veterinary Developmental Anatomy: A Clinically Oriented Approach. Toronto, Ontario: B.C. Decker Inc. 1987. 5. Aspinall V., Capello M. Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Phisiology. Textbook. 2nd edition. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2009. 6. Howard E.E., de Lahunta A. Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog. 4th edition. Missouri: Elsevier, 2013. 7. Hudson L.C., Hamilton W.P. Atlas of Feline Anatomy for Veterinarians. 2nd editio). U.S.A.: Teton New Media, 2010. 8. Budras K.D., McCarthy P.H., Horowitz A., Betg R. . Anatomy of Dog. 5th edition. Hannover: Schlütersche, 2007.


Compulsory course of study programme Veterinary medicine