2023-2024 / VETE3002-1

Pets anatomy III


22h Th, 24h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in veterinary medicine3 crédits 


Hélène Leroy

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Anatomy is the science which study the organisation of living beings. It is the fondation of the teaching of medicine and consists of a necessary introduction to the knowledge of the sound organism and its functions. Veterinary anatomy is general and comparative: it concerns all animal domestic species and describes resemblances and caracteristical differences.

The course anatomy of domestic animals III is the third part of the anatomy course. It comes after anatomy of domestic animals I and II of the second year of the bachelor grade.The IV anatomy course for which it is a pre-requisite will follow.

The course will begin with general angiology (heart, arteries, veins and lymphatics) and general neurology (basic anatomical vocabulary, divisions of the nervous system, sense of information, peripheral nervous system: spinal nerves, autonomic nervous system. Topographical anatomy, angiology and applied neurology of the neck, thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities will then be studied. Comparative foetal anatomy will also be studied

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student must be able to cite the general organization of all the studied systems; to describe and draw the morphology of the anatomical structures, to explain their functions, the topography, the innervation and the vascularization. The understanding of the subject is essential to pass the exam.

In practice, the student will have to be able to adapt this knowledge to the professional requirements in the field of clinical sciences, in particular medical imaging, semiology, propaedeutic and surgery, as well as in the context of food inspection. food.

Learnings tips: Anatomy is a big lesson that can be frightening to some students who think they need to learn everything by heart. However, even if long hours of learning are necessary, especially for the acquisition of basic vocabulary and nomenclature, the many links existing with courses in physiology, histology, biochemistry, pathology make the study very interesting . The understanding of the subject is indispensable and proves to be much more important than the knowledge of small details without clinical interest. When you are studying, you have to start with  the general conformation, the main characteristics and the location, the function, before going on to study the small details. Above all, we have to understand what we are studying!

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Knowledge of anatomy courses I and II is indispensable. See this later in the section " evaluation ".

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Assistance to practical lessons is mandatory.

The student should be able to perform a correct dissection, describe what he dissected, identify the different structures and describe their function. He must also look at the dissections of other students and study them. Students are required to prepare the material before coming to the dissection room. Before each lab session, the student will have to listen the practical movies that are on e-campus. Basic knowledge checks may be done. A file, published on ecampus, will resume, before each dissection, the pieces they will have to dissect and this, in order to better prepare these TPs. A dissection technique guide is available on eCampus to help you complete your dissection, point by point and region by region. Oral examinations of knowledge control will be organized on Fridays of dissection weeks. These questions are formative but they are also intended to inform the student about his / her level of knowledge and understanding of the subject and to best prepare him for the assessment on the day of the exam. The program provides 24 hours of practical work (TP). These courses are compulsory and complementary to the theoretical courses. They are organized in groups of 50 to 55 students, spread over 2 dissection rooms over 2 weeks (10h of dissection and 2h of topographic anatomy / week and a formative interrogation on Friday PM).  Practical work in angiology and applied neurology and topographic anatomy will be performed on the neck and trunk (thorax, abdomen and pelvic cavity). The subject is approached regionally. Storage Instructions At the end of the lab session, you will need to tidy up the practice room and clean the equipment you have used. The dissecting pieces should be collected on a minimum of tables to be put in the fridge. Parts should be covered with a damp cloth to prevent drying out. The buckets of each table must be emptied into the wheelbarrow AND placed under the appropriate table attached by means of a string. The scalpel blades will be thrown into the appropriate yellow bins. It should be checked that no scalpel blade is lying on the tables, the edge of the sinks, etc. The stools will be stacked and stored in a corner of the room. The empty tables and the equipment at your disposal will be cleaned and stored in the room. The last one will check that the fridge door is closed, the faucets are closed and the sinks are no longer flowing.
Biosecurity measures:For the practical activities of this UE, the student will have to know and apply the biosecurity rules available at the following address: https://www.fmv-biosecurite.ulg.ac.be/anatomie/marche-a-suivre-unique

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

22 hours of theoric lessons are at the program. The typical horary includes 4 hours of anatomy lessons per week . Assistance to theoric lessons is not compulsory. However, it is strongly advised because the way to address the course is clearly developped and the focus is put on the parts to be known to be able to pass the examination. Schemes and drawings are frequently realised on a graphic tablet, put "online" and permit an easier memorisation. Practical applications are develloped  and a quiz (Wooclap) will be carried out.

A revision session will be organised at the end of the course . The matters that are not understood must be transmitted to the delegates that will draw up a list they will transmit some days before the session. The theoric lessons and the revision session are the only moments where the theory is developped. The aim of the TPs is for training and practical knowledge and not for teaching!

Recommended or required readings

Many different materials are available for students to learn in the anatomy course. Practical video supports are uploaded to e-campus. Very complete syllabuses are drafted and deposited on the e-campus as they occur. These are the course materials and they contain anatomical plates from the course reference book, Dyce, Sack and Wensing, Texbook of veterinary Anatomy + Barone. Diagrams produced over time are deposited on e-campus in a folder entitled "Course diagrams". 

Books other than the Dyce, of which you will find a short list below, can be useful to have more precise anatomical charts available (like those from the Barone) or when we are passionate about the anatomy of a particular species. . The following books are therefore given merely as an indication.

Sissons and Grossman's. The anatomy of the domestic animals. Volume 1. Ed. W.B. Saunders.

Anatomy of the dog. Miller, Christensen and Evans. Ed. W.B. Saunders Company

A color atlas of clinical anatomy of the dog and cat. J.S.Boyd. Wolfe Publishung Ltd.

Anatomie comparée des mammifères domestiques. Barone R. Angiology, Nervous system (Tomes 5, 6 et 7)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Additional information:

The exam will consist of 2 parts, one written and one oral. The theoretical exam will be written. It counts for 70% of the final mark and will include some true / false (or multiple choice or QRM) questions, short open questions, questions on diagrams and diagrams to be produced / completed. The weighting of the questions will be indicated. To pass the exam, it is essential to have understood the matter and to know how to make sufficiently precise diagrams to explain the functional features. Knowledge of the prerequisites is essential for the success of the exam. If these prerequisites are not acquired, it is impossible to understand vascularization and innervation.

The practical exam counts for 30% of the final grade and consists of recognizing and describing different structures as well as their functions and topography. The horaries established for these examinations must be strictly respected. It is very important to know the precise topography of the structures, and to link them to the clinic.

There is no partial exemption within this teaching unit. The student with a mark <10/20 must represent both parts of the exam in the second session

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Assistance to practical lessons is obligatory. Any absence from the TP must be made up during the quadrimester, within a time window approved by the assistants. If not, the student may be prohibited from presenting his exam during the first session.

Rather than to waste time to take the presences, the dissections realized by the students will serve as control of presences. Parts put at the disposal the students must be completely dissected and the dissections have to be of quality to allow all the students of the group to benefit from it for their learning.


Students may obtain an appointment ( way: by e-mail) if they have any problem.

 Dr Hélène Leroy ( helene.leroy@uliege.be ), Tel : 04/366 40 61

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