Course code VET304

VET304 Integrated Anatomy and Physiology

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2016 - 2017 .

Course responsible: Agnar Ståle Kvellestad
Teachers: Finn-Arne Weltzien, Kjetil Hodne, Charles Mclean Press, Johan Høgset Jansen, Erling Olaf Koppang
ECTS credits: 36
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Look at the semester plan
Course frequency: <p>Yearly, every spring 2nd semester</p><p> </p><p>Every autumn 3rd semester</p>
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:
Anatomy and Physiology
Learning outcome:

After completion of the courses, the students should:

  • Have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills in anatomy and physiology, including medical terminology, to embark on the various clinical and para-clinical subjects in the veterinary programme.
  • Understand how the animal organism functions as a whole and be able to explain the interaction between the body's various systems in terms of both structure and function.
  • Have gained sufficient knowledge about animal physiology to determine whether there is any deviation from the normal physiological state of an animal through a general clinical examination.
  • Have gained insight about the tissue's vulnerability to non-physiological handling, and also knowledge of the tissue's robustness under physiological conditions.
  • Be able to in broad terms explain the embryological development of organs and tissues and apply this knowledge to understand the different tissue characteristics as well as the organs design and topography.
  • Be able to explain the microscopic structure of cells, tissues and organs of mammals, birds and fish, and to identify the different cells, tissues and organs in the light microscope.
  • Have acquired sufficient basic knowledge of anatomy of the various domestic animals species to perform clinical examination, surgery and meat inspection.
  • Be able to identify and dissect off the various structures, including muscles, vessels, nerves and lymph nodes.
  • Have learned to collaborate through colloquiums and group work, and be able to present the academic material both in writing and oral.
  • Have developed an ethical awareness of the use of animals in teaching and research, which includes showing respect to animals after they are dead.
  • Have gained an understanding of that working with dead animals and organs can cause risk of infection and the necessity to show hygienic care.
Learning activities:
The knowledge that students acquire in this block will also form the basis for understanding the mechanisms of disease progression and treatment. Teaching is provided in the form of lectures, demonstrations and laboratory and dissection courses, as well as studies on living animals. In total includes teaching about 350 hours. In addition, students work with colloquium tasks.
Teaching support:
Contact person regarding the absence in laboratory courses in physiology and plenary session for colloquium groups: Johan Jansen Høgset.
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Fronter. 
Cell biology is a prerequisite.
Recommended prerequisites:

Based on the terminology established in animal biology.

Biology 1 and 2 (formerly 2BI/3BI) are recommended, but not required. 

Mandatory activity:
All laboratory courses in physiology must be taken to get credit for the course. Upon passing the exam, credits are registered only when the requirement is met.

Partial Examination 1: Written

Form of examination: Written with multiple choice questions.

Examination at the end of the 2nd semester.

Duration: 3 hours.

Examination support material: None.

There will be arranged a new exam in August for the students who have failed or have valid reasons for absence.

Students, who do not pass the new exam in August, will take the regular examination in June the upcoming year. Students can take the partial exam 2 although the partial exam 1 is failed, but will not get the course approved before partial exam 1 and 2 are passed.

Partial Examination 2: Written

Form of examination: Written with prose exercises, multiple choice questions and tasks related to the anatomical image.

Upon the block's end.

Duration: 7 hours.

Examination support material: None.

Students who fail will take the next exam the upcoming year (August).

Grades in the course:

Grading scale: Partial examination 1: pass/fail, partial examination 2: A-F

Appeal about the grading

Please refer to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations at NVH.

Reduction of credits:

Requirements for personal equipment at the dissection courses:

It is more information on fronter.

Dissection coat, plastic apron, rubber boots and dissecting instruments. Students shall keep gloves and dissecting instruments (including scalpel blades).


Biochemistry Hall: Risk material is not handled at the physiology courses in the Biochemistry Hall.

Dissection Hall: Dissection coat is required. Training is provided in the animal biology course.

Biochemistry laboratory: There will be given theoretical and practical training in infection and infection control and procedures at the laboratory before the first lesson. Please see the instructions for the laboratory. You can find the instruction on fronter and they mst be read. 

Examination details: Samlet vurdering: A - E / Ikke bestått