Course code DYR203

DYR203 Anatomy and Physiology

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Course responsible: Erling Olaf Koppang, Håvard Bjørgen
Teachers: Hannah Jayne Harjen, Hannah Jayne Harjen, Runa Rørtveit, Karin Elisabeth Zimmer, Charles Mclean Press
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Fall semester. This course has teaching/evaluation in Fall semester.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2014-2015
Preferential right:
Course contents:


Give students an insight into the normal structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of animals, with particular emphasis on matters of importance for the care of sick animals.

Learning outcome:

After completing the course the student should

  • Have acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding of animal anatomy and physiology as the basis for the rest of the veterinary nurse program to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in various clinical and para clinical subjects.
  • Understand how the animal organism functions as a whole and have achieved basal insight into the interaction between the body's different organ systems with regard to structure and function.
  • Understanding the significance of the main mechanisms for maintaining the physical / chemical composition of the animal body's internal environment (homeostasis).
  • Have achieved sufficient knowledge about animal physiology to be able to recognize deviations from the animals' normal physiological condition.
  • Have learned to collaborate on professional issues through workshops and seminars, and be able to carry out oral and / or written presentations of solutions of these.
  • Have developed an ethical awareness regarding contact with live and dead animals for teaching purposes and research..
  • Have gained understanding that working with dead animals and organs can cause hygienic risks, and the necessity to expel hygienic behavior.
Learning activities:

Teaching methods and approach

The teaching is performed by auditorium lectures, colloquium group exercises and laboratory course.

Teaching support:
The teachers of anatomy/physiology are available for professional guidance on the teached subjects in connextion with auditorial lectures, seminars and laboratory courses. In addition, the lecturers will be able to answer questions via e-mail. Students may also as far as possible after appointment pose questions to the lecturers in person during ordinary business hours .

Teaching aids and learning outcomes:

Thomas Colville and Joanna M. Bassert (2015). Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians. 3rd ed. 

Lecuture notes

Additional literature and learning may also be presented on the block home area on Canvas.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The hematology course is mandatory

The exam form is oral examination.

No aids are allowed.

Grading: Scaled grades

Nominal workload:
10 weeks teaching period, but calculated to 7 weeks work.
Reduction of credits:

Equipment Requirements:

Work clothes or white coat to dissection/laboratory courses

An external examiner is used for quality assurance of assessment
Examination details: Oral exam: Letter grades