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Animal Husbandry I - Animal Anatomy And Physiology 100 Hours Certificate Course

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( Megan Walsh, 12/10/2017 ) Q:

Hello, I was wondering if you could tell me the awarding body for this course? On completion of the course, are you provided with a certificate from them? Thank you.

( 17/10/2017 ) A:

Hello Megan,

Thank you for your question.

The qualification for our courses are approved and issued by TQUK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation. TQUK are listed as "recognised" on the Ofqual Register of Organisations and they will issue the certificate on our behalf. When describing your qualification, you should say that it has been issued by an Ofqual recognised awarding organisation, which can be found on the Ofqual Register.

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( Emily , 14/06/2017 ) Q:

for the online version how is it accessed?

( 15/06/2017 ) A:

Hello Emiliy

Please see my previous answer.

( Emily , 14/06/2017 ) Q:

choosing between online or correspondence. What is correspondence what does in contain? information packs, assignments briefs etc? needing more information regarding course set up before spending £340. is there a certificate given at the end of it? thanks

( 15/06/2017 ) A:

Hello Emily,

Thank you for getting in touch.

Correspondence is an optional extra, in addition to the online access that everyone gets. The course material and assignments are sent in hard copy and is normally purchased by those who want everything in a neat, tidy and easy to access format that is offline. For most students, online access is sufficient, because the course ,material is laid out in a pdf. format, which can be downloaded in order to work away from the computer if required.

The structure of the course is similar in some ways to doing a degree and as in a degree, how much you learn is very much dependent on how much work you put into the course yourself.Because of this, although the course hours in the course is given as 100, this is only a guide. Some of our students take longer, because they want to delve as deeply into the subject matter as possible. Others take longer, because it takes them longer to process the information. So for this reason, we do not impose any deadlines for assignments, or an end date by which the course must be completed. To do so, would curtail many students' capacity to learn as much as they want to from their course and we will not do that.

Lessons for each course (or module when multiple courses are taken in a Diploma for example), begin with a set aim plus background reading of the notes that provide a foundation for each lesson. After the reading, you will then undertake a set task that may include further research, networking, problem solving, or looking at things from different perspectives. After this, you will submit a written assignment, which is marked and graded by your tutor and then sent back to you with any helpful and relevant comments. Finally, once you have completed all the lessons and assignments, there will be one final one-and-a-half hour written exam, taken at a time and place of your choosing. Our experientially based teaching methods will help you to learn in three important ways; by reading, researching and reporting (ADL's three "R"s). Once satisfactory completed, you will receive a Certificate, both as a hard copy sent to you in the post and sent electronically.

I hope that this answers all of your questions Emily.

( Rachel Morrow, 26/03/2015 ) Q:

Hi I am interested in the taking the course but Is the qualification a degree?

( 27/03/2015 ) A:

Hello Rachel,


This is not a degree level qualification. It is a short course, Certificate that offers 100 hours of study.

( Lina, 09/11/2013 ) Q: Hello, I would like to apply for this course but I am not sure if its what I'm looking for. I would like to work with animals in my future, more into animal husbandry than animal care. Is this course good for me or I should start somewhere else? Thank you very much
( 11/11/2013 ) A: Hello Lina, The Animal Anatomy and Physiology (Animal Husbandry I) is a good starting point if you are interested in working with animals in the future. If you found yourself on the course and felt you should be something doing something else, such as Animal Feed and Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III), then we would be happy to switch you over to that course instead. For this reason, I believe your starting point with ADL does not really matter as you have the choice to chop and change when you wish.

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Animal Husbandry I - Animal Anatomy And Physiology 100 Hours Certificate Course

Animal Husbandry course online - Home Study - Distance Learning. Working with animals? Get back to basics! Gain a thorough foundation knowledge of animal anatomy and physiology.

This is essential for careers requiring good animal care and management. An excellent starting point for working with animals in any situation (farms, pets, zoos, wildlife, animal protection). Learn at your own pace through distance learning.


Learning Goals:   Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
  • Differentiate and describe the basic structure and function of cells and tissues of animals.
  • Explain the digestive system, in terms of both structure and function, of animals.
  • Explain the circulatory systems, in terms of both structure and function, of animals.
  • Explain the urinary system, in terms of structure and function, of animals.
  • Explain the nervous system, in terms of structure and function, of animals.
  • Explain the respiratory system, in terms of structure and function, of animals.
  • Explain the reproductive system, including structure and function, of animals.
  • Explain the skeletal system, in terms of structure and function of animals.
  • Explain the biological mechanisms underlying the growth and development of specified animal species.
  • Explain the endocrine system, in terms of structure and function, of animals.
  • Explain the muscular system, including the structure, function, and meat quality of animals.
  • Explain the differences between various types of farm animals, in terms of structure and function.
  • Explain the nature of animals in the primary production industry, with specific reference to your locality.


Lesson Structure:   Animal Anatomy and Physiology (Animal Husbandry I)

There are eleven lessons in this course

1  Introduction to cells & tissues;

  • Livestock classes
  • Livestock products
  • Interrelationship between crops and livestock
  • Cells and tissues
  • Special properties of cells
  • Osmosis
  • Nutrient waste

2  The Digestive System;

  • Digestive system
  • Mouth
  • Tongue
  • Teeth
  • Oesophagus
  • Simple stomach
  • Small intestine
  • Large intestine
  • Ruminant stomach
  • Accessory organs of the digestive system
  • Digestion, absorption and utilisation in the simple stomach
  • Enzymes
  • Breakdown by microorganisms 
  • Digestion, aborption and utilisation in the ruminant stomach
  • Mechanical action
  • Action of micro-organisms
  • Utilisation of the end products of digestion

3  The Circulatory System;

  • Circulatory system 
  • Composition of blood
  • Functions of blood
  • Clotting mechanism
  • Immunity
  • Blood vessels
  • Arteries, veins, cappillaries
  • Physiology of the circulatory system
  • Rates of heart beats
  • Spleen
  • Lympathic system
  • Circulatory networks

4  The Urinary System;

  • Anatomy of the urinary system,
  • Kidneys ureter, bladder
  • physiology of urinary system
  • Excretion in different animals.

5  The Nervous System;

  • Central and peripheral nervous system
  • Main parts of the nervous system
  • Nneurones, sensory neurones, motor neurones
  • Central nervous system
  • The brain
  • Spinal cord
  • Peripheral nervous system
  • Cranial nerves
  • Spinal nerves
  • Aautonomic nervous system
  • Reflex actions
  • Endocrine system
  • Structure and function of the ear: Hearing
  • Structure and function of the eye: The iris
  • Structure and function of the nose.

6  Respiration;

  • Anatomy of respiration 
  • Trachea 
  • Bronchial tree
  • Lungs 
  • Physiology of respiration
  • Gaseous exchange Rate and depth of breathing.

7  The Reproductive System;

  • Anatomy of the male reproductive system: testes, accessory organs, penis, physiology of male reproductive system, hormone production, sperm production, erection, ejaculation, fertility problems in males, Venereal diseases
  • Other diseases
  • Injury,
  • Physical immaturity Emotional immaturity
  • Nnutrition
  • Poor handling
  • Anatomy of female reproductive system, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, physiology of the female reproductive system, ovulation, oestrus cycle, fertility problems, difficulties conceiving,
  • Venereal and other diseases
  • Physical abnormalities
  • Nutrition
  • Inability to carry a foetus to full term
  • Pregnancy and parturition
  • Fertilisation
  • Pregnancy
  • Parturition
  • Birth process
  • Difficult births
  • Structure of the mammary glands
  • Secretion of milk
  • Milk ejection
  • Reproduction data for cows, sows and ewes.

8  Muscles & Meat;

  • Muscles and meat
  • Smooth muscle
  • Striated voluntary muscle
  • Cardiac muscle Structure of meat
  • Dressing out percentage
  • Composition of the beef animal
  • Meat quality and tenderness
  • Juiciness, flavour, cuts and joints of meat.

9  The Skeleton;

  • Bones
  • How bones are formed
  • Anatomy of bones
  • Fractures and fracture healing
  • Five types of bone
  • Joints of bone
  •  The skeleton
  • Dentition
  • The dental formula
  • Cattle, dental formula of an ox and cow
  • Eruption of permanent teeth
  • Pigs

10 Animal Growth, Development, and the Endocrine System;

  • Growth and development
  • Growth curve
  • Prenatal growth
  • Post-natal growth
  • Fat
  • Factors which affect the size of newborns
  • Factors affecting post-natal growth
  • Early maturing
  • Compensatory growth
  • Endocrine system
  • Pituitary gland
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Thymus
  • Adrenal bodies
  • Pancreas
  • Testes
  • Ovaries
  • Pineal body
  • Mucous membrane of the stomach

11 Comparing Different Animals;

  • Poultry
  • Digestion
  • Gullet
  • Crop
  • Proventriculus
  • Gizzard
  • Intestine 
  • Caecum
  • Rectum
  • Incubating eggs
  • Natural incubation
  • Symptoms of a broody hen
  • Fish


  • Identify parts of an animal cell on an unlabelled diagram.
  • Describe the major features of a living animal cell, including structure and function.
  • Describe one example, of cell interaction in live animals.
  • Describe the cell functions for three different types of cells in animals.
  • Differentiate between the cellular composition, using illustrations, of animal tissues.
  • Explain the functions of four different animal tissue types.
  • Describe the processes of nutrient and waste exchange in animal cells.
  • Label a diagram of the digestive system of three different animals.
  • Describe the processes occurring in digestion, in each section of the digestive system.
  • Compare the digestive systems of different farm animals.
  • Describe the action of enzymes and micro-organisms in animal digestion.
  • Explain the role of accessory organs, including: *the liver *the pancreas.
  • Explain the components of blood in animals.
  • Explain the biological functions of blood in animals.
  • Label on unlabelled illustrations, the parts of the circulatory system in a chosen farm animal.
  • Explain the structure of an artery by illustrating and labeling a diagram of its five layers.
  • Distinguish the characteristics of the various types of blood vessels in animals.
  • Explain the role of the lymphatic system in a specified farm animal.
  • Dissect an animal heart, and identify the parts of the heart on a photograph or the dissection.
  • Label on an unlabelled diagram, the parts of the urinary system of an animal.
  • Explain the role of the urinary system farm animals, including comments on urinary malfunction.

The term anatomy refers to the science that deals with the form and structure of animals. Physiology deals with the study of functions of the animal body or any of its parts. A thorough knowledge of the structure of an animal imparts a lot of information about the various functions it is capable of performing. This course is intended to give an overview of both the anatomy and physiology of many animals. It can be used as an introductory course to further studies; to help you understand how to diagnose disease or determine if an animal has sustained an injury; to help understand the physical capabilities or limitations of particular species; to understand what happens in the nutrition and growth processes; and to assist you to get better performance from your animals.


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Vicky Protopapadaki and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Vicky's credentials:


Vicky Protopapadaki course tutorVicky  Protopapadaki
MSc (Distinction) Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (University of Edinburgh), BSc Business Administration (University of the Aegean), Cert. Companion Animal Behaviour (University of Edinburgh ), Cert. Animal Use and Care (University of Prince Edward Island).

Vicky’s passion for animals led her to obtain her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, despite her having a background in business and management. Apart from her personal experience with animals, she volunteers at various animal shelters around Greece and has done research on feline behaviour at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada and on primate behaviour at Edinburgh Zoo. She is currently researching PhD opportunities in the field of animal ethics and studying entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating her own charity for animal protection in Greece.



Excerpt from the Course


Blood is a connective tissue that transports substances throughout the body. The following components of blood can be identified:


This is a straw coloured fluid containing 90% water and 10% solids. The solids are:

  • Proteins: Serum albumin, Fibrinogen (concerned with blood clotting)
  • Globulin (deals with disease immunity)
  • Hormones
  • Lipids or fats
  • Cholesterol
  • Enzymes
  • Inorganic chemicals: these are the ions of salts and acids, some of which are essential in cell metabolism and others which act as buffers, reducing strong acids and alkalis to weaker acids/alkalis and neutral salts.
  • Nitrogenous compounds: amino acids, urea, uric acid and ammonium salts.

Red Blood Cells

The red blood cells are called erythrocytes, and there are five million in a single millilitre of blood.  They are dish-shaped discs (concave on either side) which specialise in transporting oxygen.  Oxygen is bound to haemoglobin so it can be carried in the blood.  Haemoglobin also gives blood its characteristic red colour. Red blood cells are produced in the marrow of bones and they have a life span of three to four months.  After that they disintegrate and the pigments produced by their destruction are excreted in bile.

Blood Platelets

These are small irregular shaped fragments of protoplasm which are formed in the marrow of bones and which play an important role in the clotting of blood and the prevention of blood-loss from a wound.  They do this by sticking to each other and to the walls of blood vessels at the place of an injury.  Platelets also release a substance called serotonin, which causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict in order to produce a drop in blood pressure.

White Blood Cells

These are called leucocytes and there are between 4000 and 11000 per ml of blood.  There are various types of leucocytes of different shapes and sizes. They play an extremely important part in the defence mechanism of the body.  They can form barriers against disease and can also engulf harmful material such as bacteria. They play a role in the formation of antibodies and in the immunity mechanism of the body.  They are formed in the bone marrow and in the lymph tissues, the spleen, the tonsils and lymph nodes.


The main functions of the blood are as follows:

  1. Transport nutrients from the digestive tract to the body tissues and organs
  1. Transport oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and to carry carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs
  1. Carry waste products from the tissues to the kidneys
  1. Transport hormones from the endocrine glands
  1. Regulate the body temperature by transporting heat from the deeper organs in the body up to the surface at the skin
  1. Maintain the water balance of the body
  1. Maintain the pH (acidity/alkalinity) balance of the tissues and organs
  1. Prevent too much blood loss by clotting factors
  1. Provide immunity

Clotting Mechanism (coagulation)

When a blood vessel is injured, a substance called thromboplastin is released which is converted to active thrombin. 

Thrombin reacts with fibrinogen in blood plasma, forming a substance called fibrin.  Fibrin is in the form of fine, thread-like filaments which wrap around the red blood cells, the white blood cells and the platelets to form a clot which stops further bleeding.


Immunity is the most important innate defence mechanism of the animal.  It develops when the animal is exposed to the invasion of any foreign protein or protein-like substance.  Such foreign proteins are known as antigens. 

Once inside the body, antigens eventually end up in the bloodstream where they produce poisons called toxins.  Bacteria have proteins on their surfaces and so act as antigens.

The presence of antigens in the blood stimulates the production of antibodies which kill the invading antigens and sometimes destroy the toxins they have produced.

These antibodies are very specific, i.e. they act only against one particular antigen so that each disease stimulates its own antibodies. This fact is used in such precautions as vaccinations and immunisation.




Animal Health Ebook

A complete guide to caring for animals, designed for anyone involved in their day to day care, including farmers, pet owners and students.

Animal Health

By the Staff of ACS Distance Learning

link to eBook on animal healthAnimal Health eBook course online. Animal welfare and wellbeing has become increasingly important in recent times and is a major social issue in developed countries.

"For the past 10,000 years, people all over the world have domesticated animals for various purposes. Some animals such as dogs and cats were domesticated as pets to provide company to humans. Livestock animals such as cattle and sheep were kept to provide products such as meat, wool or milk, or kept as working animals. No matter what the reason, animals and humans have been connected over an extended period of time.

Optimum health is essential to the wellbeing and longevity of all animals. It is the responsibility animal owners to ensure the welfare of the animals within their care. As part of the general care of animals, we need to be able to identify diseases. The first step in recognising diseases in animals is to understand when an animal is unwell. This generally requires three things: information on the history of the animal, a physical examination and specialized testing to identify the cause of the illness."




Understanding Animal Health Issues

Preventing Disease and Injury

Inspecting for Health

Differential Diagnosis

Some Common Illnesses in Animals

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