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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 331 - Anatomy and Physiology
Course Information

Professor: Dr. Darlene Jones
Semester: Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIO 101 and CHM 101 or CHM 103.

Catalog Description: Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology of domesticated animals.

Course Goals & Outcomes

Goals Students completing this class will:

  • Understand the concept of homeostasis
  • Know directional terms and plane.
  • Know cellular and tissue composition and function
  • Understand the physicochemical properties and distribution of body water
  • Know the components of blood and understand their functions
  • Know the anatomy of epidermal structures
  • Know the types of bones and joints and understand skeletal physiology
  • Understand the structure and function of the sense organs
  • Know muscle types, terminology and physiology of muscle contraction
  • Know the components of the circulatory system and understand CV function
  • Know the respiratory system structures and understand the physiology of gas exchange
  • Know the structures of the urinary system and understand renal function
  • Know the structures of the endocrine system and general principles of endocrinology
  • Understand the factors that influence body temperature and responses to heat and cold
Course Syllabus

Class Topics

  • Organization and Homeostasis
  • Body Tissues and Cellular Physiology
  • Body Water
  • Blood
  • Integument and Related Structures
  • Bones and Joints
  • Nervous System and Sense Organs
  • Muscle
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Urinary System
  • Endocrine System
  • Thermoregulation

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Exams
  • Final Exam
About The Professor

Darlene Jones, DVM
Lecturer, Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
25 Woodward Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: (401)874-4623
Fax: (401)874-7575

Dr. Jones has recently joined the Department of Animal Science as a full-time lecturer. Prior to coming to the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Jones owned a mobile veterinary practice specializing in companion animal medicine. She also instructed various courses in animal anatomy, physiology, parasitology and biology at several local universities. Dr. Jones' veterinary expertise makes her a unique addition to the department.


  • B. S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • D.V.M., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Reasons To Take This Course

"I found the course to be very interesting, as well as it being extremely useful knowledge to get under your belt. I am already benefiting from the information I have gained, as it comes in very handy to use and understand as a veterinary technician. The workload is large but not unbearable, and the content is not hard to figure out. If you are able to stay on top of your material and reading, you will do well for yourself. I enjoyed this class immensely, more so than other AVS classes because of the medical twist. The knowledge I've gained has continued to be advantageous for me now, and also down the road into my career in veterinary medicine." -Nick

"The information I learned in this class was helpful in the rest of my courses and I was able to retain a lot of the information. I would recommend taking the lab associated with the lecture as well. I was able to apply a lot of what I learned in class during the laboratory session. Be prepared to put time and work into studying." -Elise

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