VS 333 - Domestic Animal Anatomy

  • 4 credits
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Domestic Animal Anatomy is the study of the structure and function of the bones, muscles and organs of common domestic animals. The goal of the course is to present the comparative anatomy of the dog, horse and cow using hundreds of high-resolution images, animated movements and a 3D anatomy lab. The course includes clinical examples and real cases to enhance students’ ability to understand how form (anatomy) dictates function (body movement and response to environment).

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.


BZ 110 (Principles of Animal Biology) or LIFE 102 (Attributes of Living Systems). Credit not allowed for both VS 333 and BMS 305 (Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy).

Important Information

This course has online exams that require a proctor. Online proctoring is available through ProctorU. Local students may take exams at the University Testing Center.

Textbooks and Materials

No textbook required. Course uses online resources.


Shari Lanning
Shari Lanning


Dr. Shari Lanning is a co-instructor for the VS 331 Histology and VS 333 Domestic Animal Anatomy online courses. She has taught veterinary anatomy for over six years. In addition to teaching at CSU, Dr. Lanning is also a small animal veterinarian. Her interests are in pain management, acupuncture, and physical rehabilitation.