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TV1203 - Physiology and Pharmacology for Veterinary Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences (pre 2015)

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

This subject will provide foundation knowledge and understanding of the normal structure and physiological function of animals,as applicable to veterinary science. In addition, the basic principles of veterinary pharmacology will be introduced. Learning activities will develop around the themes of animal homeostasis, nervous and endocrine regulation of animal function, the interaction of animal systems with the external environment, and veterinary anatomy. Topics to be addressed include the complexity and diversity of physiological function, biological rhythms, regulation of key aspects of body homeostasis and their relevance to veterinary science; an introduction to cell communication and regulation with veterinary applications; and an introduction to veterinary drug actions, dispersal and toxicology.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an awareness of the molecular and cellular basis of regulation of animal cell function;
  • introduction to the fundamental concepts of veterinary pharmacology and toxicology;
  • develop insight into the principle mechanisms that control and regulate selected aspects of internal animal function in the face of changing internal and external influences;
  • understand the structure and key function of the major animal systems, in a veterinary context;
  • introduction to veterinary anatomy.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 40 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (30%); assignments (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students are required to pass all components of assessment to attain an overall pass grade.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.