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2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog
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AGV 129 - Veterinary Physiology

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Physiology with a veterinary clinical emphasis. Provides the basis for study of confirmation, production and pathological processes of diseases of domestic animals.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the DMACC Veterinary Assisting Program or DMACC Veterinary Technology Program.
  1. Review basic biology
    1. Define homeostasis
    2. Discuss basic molecular biology as it relates to cellular function
    3. Explain cellular anatomy
    4. Describe organization of tissues into body systems
  2. Explain normal physiology of cardiovascular and respiratory systems
    1. Identify the heart chambers, sounds and valves
    2. Trace the pathway of blood through the hearts systemic and pulmonary and circulatory system
    3. Describe the normal functions of the respiratory system
    4. Illustrate the conduction pathway of the heart
  3. Explain the function of muscular and skeletal systems
    1. Describe how bones are formed and grow
    2. Outline bone healing process
    3. Identify the structure of the major types of joints in the selected species body
    4. Define different types of muscles
    5. Discuss control of muscle fibers
  4. Understand physiology of the digestive and urinary systems
    1. Describe ruminant vs simple stomach digestion
    2. List the accessory organs for digestion and functions
    3. Explain renal function and urine production
  5. Summarize the function of the nervous system
    1. List the sensory organs and their function
    2. Outline the parasympathetic vs sympathetic nervous systems
    3. Describe anatomy and physiology of the brain and spinal cord
  6. Understand physiology of the endocrine and reproductive systems
    1. Discuss neurohormonal feedback loops
    2. Outline reproductive cycles of various domestic species              

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