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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 (GT-SC1); Credit not allowed for both VS 333 and BMS 305 (Domestic Animal Gross Anatomy).

Important Information

This course requires proctoring and may utilize Respondus. Please refer to the syllabus for more information.

Textbooks and Materials

No textbook required. Course uses online resources.


Shari Lanning
Shari Lanning

I graduated from Colorado State University in 2006 with my DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) and concurrently received my certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA). I have received certifications in Pain Management (CVPP) in 2012 and rehabilitation (CCRT) in 2013. I went on to practice for a few years in small animal medicine before teaching Anatomy, Ethics, Acupuncture, and Case Studies at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts. I taught there for 6 years, returning stateside to get back into general practice again. After returning to Colorado I taught in a veterinary acupuncture course, a Canine Studies course in California, and practiced small animal medicine before returning to higher education full time at Colorado State University.