lvet1241a  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

6 credits
40.0 h + 35.0 h
Moens André;
A good knowledge of the basic biology is absolutely necessary

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes

Teaching anatomy of animals is made system by system (locomotive, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, circulatory, etc.). For every notion, an in-depth study of three reference animals (dog, horse and bovine) is realized, followed by a compared study of the cat, the small ruminants, the pig, the rabbit and the birds.
This second course concerns the digestive, respiratory, urinary and genital systems. A last chapter is dedicated to the common integument (skin and associated structures), the sense organs (eye, ear, olfactory organ, gustatory organ and cutaneous sense) as well as to the endocrine glands.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


The aim of the 4 courses of anatomy of domestic animals is to teach this matter to future veterinarians. Learning anatomy allows the student to fill the requirements of the medical act. In particular to localize exactly any organ of an animal, to be able to correlate any reaction of a precise anatomical area to a precise organ, to choose the places of auscultation, palpation, percussion, to choose also precise places of diagnostic or therapeutic intervention and to do any medical act. The aim of the course is also to make understand the normal functioning of organs and, by comparison, the abnormal functioning of these organs. In other words, to explain the physiology and the pathology according to the forms and the anatomical structures. The accent is thus put on the functional and clinical aspects of this matter


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.

Morpho-functional study of organs :
-              Digestive
-              Respiratory
-              Urogenital
-              Endocrine
-              Senses
-              Skin and associated glands
Teaching methods

Oral lecture by the professor
Presentation with transparencies
Practical class dissection of several domestic species (dog, cat, ponies, sheep, pig, rat and chicken)
Evaluation methods
Oral exam with 45 minutes of preparation and a practical exam (dissection)
Other information
Prerequisite: a good knowledge of basic biology. Complete illustrated notes can be purchased. All recommended books of comparative and clinical anatomy of domestic animals are available in the veterinary Unit. The theorical concepts are illustrated by practical activities consisting of detailed dissections of different animal species the (dog, cat, horse, sheep, pig, rat and domestic birds).
Online resources
Complete notes written by the professor (iCampus)

Plus d'une vingtaine d'ouvrages disponibles pour consultation chez le titulaire
Les deux références principales sont :
1)      Anatomie comparée des mammifères domestiques. R. Barone (6 tomes) Ed. Vigot
Veterinary Anatomy. Dyce, Sack and Wensing. Ed Saunders
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine