Course Code Course Description Credit Units 3
VPY 211: Physiology 3
Constituents and function of blood. The structure,
production, function and degradation of blood cells.
Anaemias, blood coagulation, plasma proteins and blood
volume measurements. Cardiovascular physiology:
structure and functions of the heart. The dynamics
of blood and lymph flow. Blood pressure and heart
rate regulation. Circulation of blood through special
organs e.g. lungs, heart, brain, liver and kidney.
Respiratory physiology: Mechanism of
respiration and gaseous exchange in the lungs.
Regulation of respiration and respiratory buffers.
VPY 212: Physiology of the Cell, Renals and Homeostasis 3
The roles of the kidney in homeostasis. The Nephron
Glomerular filtration and tubular functions. Water, electrolyte and
acid base balance. Antidiuretic hormone and diuretics. Micturition.
VPY 221 Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology 3
Endocrine organs: function and regulation of endocrine
secretions. Reproductive physiology: Hormones of
reproduction in Males and females. Comparative
reproductive physiology, oestrus cycle, fertilization,
pregnancy, parturition, lactation.
VPY 222 Special Senses Neuromuscular Physiology) 3
Impulse propagation and conduction. Central and autonomic
nervous systems, muscles and bones. Reflex mechanism and
types. Neurotransmitters. Motor functions, ascending and
descending fibre tracts in the spinal cord the brain.
Physiology of the special senses: olfaction, taste, hearing
and vision. The integument.
VPY 311: Environmental and Gastrointestinal Physiology 3
Digestion in monogastric animals, prehension,
mastication and swallowing. Saliva production and
function. Gastric juiuce procuction, digestion and
absorption of food. Digestion in the ruminant
stomach. Intestinal motility. Hormones of the gut. Physiological
response to heat and cold. Temperature regulation: body
temperature. High and low pressure physiology.
VPY 312 Avian Physiology 1
Avian digestion. Avian reproduction.
Course Code Course Description Credit Units
VBC 211: Veterinary Biochemistry I 3
Introduction to biochemistry: biochemistry of
carbohydrates, proteins,enzymes and co-enzymes.
VBC 221: Veterinary Biochemistry II 3
Biochemistry of lipids: Introduction to molecular
biology: Nutritional biochemistry in animals.
VBC 311: Veterinary Biochemistry III 3
Ruminant biochemistry, Tissue Biochemistry.
Biochemistry of disease and ageing of animals.