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TV1203 - Physiology and Pharmacology for Veterinary Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

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.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Lisa Chilton
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.