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Anatomy and Physiology of Animals

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Ruth Lawson, Otago Polytechnic

Copyright Year: 2015

Publisher: WikiBooks

Language: English

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Reviewed by Kalynn Baldock, Assistant Professor, Eastern New Mexico University on 12/1/21

The title would lead one to believe the textbook would cover a broader range of animals. It appears to be more of the anatomy and physiology of domesticated animals. Missing the cardiovascular system chapter. read more

Reviewed by Kevin Kinney, Professor, DePauw University on 1/1/21

Broad, yes- most of the topics are there, and even more than some comparative physiology texts (e.g., many of the latter ignore the lymphatic system). But lacking in depth to a troubling degree. This is more an intro to mammalian anatomy text... read more

Reviewed by Rachel Wilson, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Portland State University on 3/22/19

The chapter on the cardiovascular system was absent. The focus of this textbook is very mammalian heavy, though some chapters have sections on birds. Reptiles and amphibians are, for the most part, absent from the textbook. Also, some concepts are... read more

Reviewed by Katrina Swinehart, Assistant Professor, Central State University on 9/26/18

The text does a good job of addressing this topic clearly and uses good examples. I wish it had more livestock science pieces to it, but I am using this text in a livestock course. read more

Reviewed by Moshe Khurgel, Associate Professor, Bridgewater College on 6/19/18

As a textbook titled Anatomy and Physiology of Animals, this book scores very low in its comprehensiveness, since it presents information only on domesticated mammals. Even as a textbook on Anatomy and Physiology of domesticated mammals, the... read more

Reviewed by Patrick Wilson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Washington State University on 4/11/17

This book is more of a domestic animal anatomy book, although references to certain domestic animals having specific characteristics is sometimes lacking. Much of the first chapter is unnecessary, and the latter half would be well placed as a... read more

Reviewed by Zelieann Craig, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona on 2/8/17

This is a very well-organized textbook focused mostly on anatomy of veterinary-relevant species and geared towards veterinary nurses or technicians. For that purpose the book contains nearly all relevant subjects each with appropriate... read more

Reviewed by Jonathan Moore, Instructor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 12/5/16

This textbook is really more geared to tetrapods/mammals than animals. There is essentially no fish anatomy/physiology described in this text and many of the other systems focus on mammals. Further, major portions of the circulatory system under... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Chemicals
  • Chapter 2 Classification
  • Chapter 3 The Cell
  • Chapter 4 Body Organisation
  • Chapter 5 The Skin
  • Chapter 6 The Skeleton
  • Chapter 7 Muscles
  • Chapter 8 Cardiovascular System
  • Chapter 9 Respiratory System
  • Chapter 10 Lymphatic System
  • Chapter 11 The Gut and Digestion
  • Chapter 12 Urinary system
  • Chapter 13 Reproductive System
  • Chapter 14 Nervous System
  • Chapter 15 The Senses
  • Chapter 16 Endocrine System
  • Glossary

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  • About the Book

    Veterinary nurses need to have a firm grasp of the normal structure of an animal's body and how it functions before they can understand the effect diseases and injuries have and the best ways to treat them.

    This book describes the structure of the animal body and the way in which it works. Animals encountered in normal veterinary practice are used as examples where possible.

    About the Contributors


    Ruth Lawson is a zoologist who gained her first degree at Imperial College, London University and her D.Phil from York University, UK. After post graduate research on the tropical parasitic worm that causes schistosomiasis, she emigrated to New Zealand where she spent 10 years studying how hydatid disease spreads and can be controlled. With the birth of her daughter, Kate, she started to teach at the Otago Polytechnic, in Dunedin. Although human and animal anatomy and physiology has been her main teaching focus, she retains a strong interest and teaches courses in parasitology, public health, animal nutrition and pig husbandry. Ruth lives on the Otago Peninsula overlooking the beautiful Otago Harbour where she races her Topper sailing dinghy. She also enjoys tramping, skiing and gardening and has meditated for many years.

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