Module: Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Simon Daniels
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 1

Module content

This module explores the structure and function of major systems including:

Anatomy and physiology of the: skeleton, integument, muscles, nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, lymphatic system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal tract, urinary system and functional anatomy for locomotion.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  • Describe the structure of mammalian systems
  • Define the function of mammalian system
  • Relate homeostatic mechanisms to mammalian systems
  • Apply practical skills demonstrate structure and function in the horse


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Laboratory notebook 40%
Examination Written Exam 2 hours 60%

Key texts

  • Frandson, R.D., Wilke, W.L. and Fails, A.D. (2009) Anatomy and physiology of farm animals 7th edn. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Higgins, G. and Martin, S. (2012) Horse anatomy for performance: a practical guide to training, riding and horse care David & Charles
  • Higgins, G. and Martin, S. (2009) How your horse moves: a unique visual guide to improving performance David & Charles
  • Reece, W.O. (2009) Functional Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals. 4th ed. Wiley-Blackwell