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Animal Anatomy and Physiology

Animal Anatomy & Physiology

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma.
  • Be awarded the Level 3 ABC externally validated Certificate*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Mammals, birds, fish and reptiles are all examined in this comprehensive course, which focuses in particular on the most common animals seen within veterinary practice.  By looking at the ways in which body systems work, you will be able to appreciate the differences and similarities between a wide range of species, including their musculoskeletal systems, tissues, cardiovascular systems, senses, nervous systems, respiration and reproduction.  Throughout the course you will examine the biological mechanisms of mammals and other species, learning about the structure and function of the various body systems and how to identify the unique characteristics of specific species. This is both a valuable stand-alone course and an excellent foundation for further study of animal health and welfare.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction/ Taxonomy/ Biological Systems within the Body/
      • Starting on the Outside
      • Kingdom Animalia
      • Homeostasis
      • Musculoskeletal System
      • Nervous System
      • Respiratory System
      • Cardiovascular System
      • Digestive System
      • Urinary System
      • Immune System
      • Reproductive System
      • Integument and Skin
      • Functions of the Skin
      • Structure of the Skin
      • Colouration
      • Conclusion
  • Lesson Two
    • The Musculoskeletal System
      • The Skeleton
      • The Structure and Function of Bone
      • The Mammal Skeleton
      • The Bird Skeleton
      • The Fish Skeleton
      • The Reptile Skeleton
      • Connective Tissue
      • Joints
      • Joint Movement
      • Muscles
      • Muscle Cells in Skeletal Muscle
      • How Movement is Produce
  • Lesson Three
    • The Nervous System/ The Senses and the Sense Organs
      • Introduction
      • Structure and Function of the Central Nervous System
      • The Brain and Spinal Cord
      • Structure and Function of the Peripheral Nervous System
      • The Eyes and Vision
      • The Skin, Integument and Touch
      • The Ears, Hearing and Balance
      • The Mouth and Nose – Taste and Sme
  • Lesson Four
    • The Respiratory System of Vertebrates
      • Introduction
      • Mammals
      • Birds
      • Reptiles
      • Fish
      • Gas Exchange and Diffusion
      • Cellular Respirat
  • Lesson Five
    • The Circulatory System
      • Introduction
      • Functions
      • Structure
      • The Heart
      • Fish
      • Reptiles
      • Birds and Mammals
      • Pulmonary and Systemic Circulation
      • Coronary Circulation
      • The Heartbeat
      • Blood Vessels
      • Blood
      • Blood Clottin
  • Lesson Six
    • The Digestive System/ The Urinary System
      • Introduction
      • Digestion
      • Birds
      • Fish
      • Reptiles
      • Mammals
      • Carbohydrate, Fat and Protein Metabolism
      • Introduction
      • Birds and Reptiles
      • Fish
      • Mammal
  • Lesson Seven
    • The Reproductive System and Mating Behaviour
      • Introduction
      • Egg-layers and Live-bearers
      • Birds
      • Sperm Production and Storage
      • Egg Production
      • Copulation
      • Fertilisation
      • The Egg
      • Fish
      • Hermaphroditism
      • The Eggs
      • Reptiles
      • Egg Production
      • Copulation
      • Mammals
      • Male Reproductive Organs
      • Female Reproductive Organs
      • Egg Production and Fertilisation
      • Gestation
  • Lesson Eight
    • Homeostasis/ The Immune System/ The Endocrine System
      • Variables
      • Osmoregulation
      • Thermal Relationships
      • The Lymphatic System
      • Other Cells that Help with Immunity
  • Lesson Nine
    • Animal Cells and Cellular Replication
      • Introduction
      • Cells
      • Cell Membrane
      • Organelles
      • The Cell Cycle
      • Proteins and Protein Synthesis – The Building Blocks of Lif
  • Lesson Ten
    • Evolutionary Mechanisms/ Effects of Evolution
      • Introduction
      • Natural Selection and Adaptation
      • Polymorphism
      • Extinction
      • DNA and Genes
      • Sexual Reproduction and Genetic Variation
      • Meiosis
      • Gene Flow
      • Genetic Drift
      • Genetic Mutation
      • Symbiosis
      • Population Dynamics and Keystone Species
      • Population Bottleneck
      • Ecological Dependence and Co-evolution
      • Speciation
      • Niches


No practical training is required to complete this course.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 11 monthly instalments of £25
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £345 £325 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

*ABC registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.

With both these courses doing them both side by side, the whole package has suited me very well and I am equally happy with all aspects of the course ie: Amount of knowledge gained, encouragement from tutor, exam format same as question papers.
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