VS 333 - Domestic Animal Anatomy

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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, cat, 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).

Course topics include anatomic evaluation of the:

  • Thoracic limb
  • Pelvic limb
  • Head
  • Trunk
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Urinary system
  • Nervous system
  • Digestive system
  • Reproductive system

Domestic Animal Anatomy VS 333 uses state of the art 3D imaging of cadaver dissections and preparations to highlight the anatomy in an environment that does not require a laboratory setting.


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 the instructor for the VS 331 Histology and VS 333 Domestic Animal Anatomy online courses. She has taught professional and undergraduate students for over 7 years, focusing on innovative learning strategies in the classroom. Dr. Lanning continues to advance her knowledge of new classroom, learning, and testing approaches to help students best learn and develop as professionals.

In addition to teaching at CSU, Dr. Lanning is also a small animal veterinarian. Her clinical interests are in pain management, acupuncture, physical rehabilitation, and behavior. She loves treating geriatric patients and helping them live a more fulfilling and comfortable life.

An alumna of Colorado State University, Dr. Lanning graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Zoology with a minor in Anatomy in 2000, continuing on to then receive her Masters in Anatomy. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006 along with her certification in animal acupuncture. In 2012 Dr. Lanning became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and in 2013 became certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

Dr. Lanning loves to bring her own clinical and personal experience into the classroom to help students apply their knowledge of the material. She is also happy to sit and exchange “war stories” of the clinic floor, which has only elevated her love and respect of veterinary medicine and the opportunities it has brought her.

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