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VET 111: Animal Anatomy and Physiology



To introduce the student to anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. The student will become familiar with the concepts of function and structure of the body of major domestic species. The student will gain knowledge of basic animal anatomy through comparative studies of various animal skeletons and a systematical dissection of a feline cadaver.

Campus Visits:

Campus visit #1 - Monday, September 21st or Monday, October 5th; 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM each day. 

Campus visit #2 -Monday, October 26th or Monday, November 2nd; 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM each day.

Campus visit #3 - Monday, November 30th or Monday, December 7th; 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM each day.

Optional eNova meetings:TBA




If you complete this course and do well, you will be able to:

  • understandthe basic concepts of physiological processes of the major organ systems of domestic animals
  • become familiar with the basic anatomy of domestic animals and apply that knowledge to the veterinary setting.




Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)

Assignments (submitted via Blackboard)*        15%

Midterm Exam     October 2-19                         15%
Final Exam  December 4-17                               20
Lab exam 1  (during campus visit #1)                15%
Lab exam 2 (during campus visit #2)                 15%
Lab exam 3 (during campus visit #3)                 20%

To pass this course a student must receive a C (at least 70%) in both the lecture and laboratory portions of this course. Please note - the lecture portion of the course is worth 50% of your final grade and the lab portion of the course is worth 50% of your final grade.

Your final grade may be based on the following scale.

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100
B 800-899 80-89
C 700-799 70-79
D 600-699 60-69
F 0-599 0-59



There are 2 exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.