Anatomy and Physiology of Animals
Ruth Lawson, Otago Polytechnic
Pub Date: 2015
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This book is more of a domestic animal anatomy book, although references to certain domestic animals having specific characteristics is sometimes read more
This book is more of a domestic animal anatomy book, although references to certain domestic animals having specific characteristics is sometimes lacking. Much of the first chapter is unnecessary, and the latter half would be well placed as a subheading under digestion. The classification of animals would be a good first chapter, although the duck billed platypus and spine anteater should be placed under protheria. The placement of exocrine vs. endocrine glands would be better placed under discussion of epithelia derivatives, rather than skin glands. The cardiovascular section was missing. Not all the cranial nerves are listed. There are multiple generalities made that are not true with all species, even domestic species.
There are many overstated generalities, inaccuracies and incomplete descriptions of function through the text. Many errors, incompleteness in cell structure, organelle functions. Illustrations of poor quality with some errors in labeling. Misuse of terminology. Misclassification of humans as herbivores.
This book is in need of an update. Use of human anatomical terminology should be avoided where appropriate.
The text is written simply and is easy to read.
Somewhat consistent, although one section (Cardiovascular) is missing.
Modularity is good.
Should start with Classification. After Cells, the Body Organization should follow the tissues, including epithelia, connective tissue (both of which are described in this section), muscle, bone and nervous tissue, and possibly even blood. Then overall body organization, followed by the organ systems.
The images were very simplistic and not high quality. Just as photos were used at the chapter headings, photos and color images would be helpful.
Some errors present.
The author(s) should focus on who this text is intended for - pre-vet, animal science, zoology. I would err towards completeness, even if not all in emphasized in the course. This is a needed resource, so a rewrite with investment in accuracy, organization, completeness and higher quality images would be worthwhile
This is a very well-organized textbook focused mostly on anatomy of veterinary-relevant species and geared towards veterinary nurses or technicians. read more
This is a very well-organized textbook focused mostly on anatomy of veterinary-relevant species and geared towards veterinary nurses or technicians. For that purpose the book contains nearly all relevant subjects each with appropriate organization within the index. A few areas for improvement are noted including the fact that the cardiovascular system topic is completely missing from the table of contents and book! This may have been a printing error, but should be addressed to improve the impact of the book. Also, some aspects of hormone regulation are missing from the gastrointestinal system discussion (e.g. gastrointestinal hormones) and a discussion of feedback loops that govern endocrine function. Other than that, I find this book to be appropriate in other areas.
The content is accurate, but the cardiovascular system was missing from the entire text.
This textbook is up-to-date, is relevant, and because of the subject, it will be long-lived as long as it is appropriately updated. Based on its organization, I would anticipate that this text will be relatively easy to update.
The text is easy to understand and provides definitions and explanations that will help students get acquainted with new terminology and concepts.
The format and style of the book is consistent throughout.
The text is organized into modules which are subdivided well according to the material. It should be straightforward to assign readings from this text for specific needs or subunits of a course.
This text is well-organized and logically presented from basic building blocks to more complex systems. The organizational sequence of each chapter flowing from learning objectives to material to review questions and additional resources is very good and should help instructors as they teach this subject.
The text was easy to navigate but a couple of things could be improved. Anatomy and Physiology students do better with good images that keep them interested and are clear. Perhaps, color or computer generated images could be included to help with this. Also, in some cases, images were referred to in the text or labeled in between paragraphs but were not available in the text at all.
This textbook is a great idea and is worth investing time into improving it. It is appropriate for the audience intended, although there is always room to make more physiology connections with the anatomy already presented. It is very important that the cardiovascular section be added to make it whole. Also, perhaps a title revision to more visibly show that it is intended for veterinary nurses and technicians and thus, focuses more on veterinary species.
This textbook is really more geared to tetrapods/mammals than animals. There is essentially no fish anatomy/physiology described in this text and read more
This textbook is really more geared to tetrapods/mammals than animals. There is essentially no fish anatomy/physiology described in this text and many of the other systems focus on mammals. Further, major portions of the circulatory system under the cardiovascular system are completely missing. Moreover, this text is physiology light. I had expected to see more based on the title.
I found not errors in content. Some of the figures might be confusing, however.
The text is up to date and relevant.
US students might find the British spellings confusing, but that ought not be too much of a concern. The text will often refer to figures that are not there or hard to find.
The terms used are consistent.
The book is appropriately and clearly divided into sections of anatomy. Physiology is not necessarily all that clear.
The information is mostly presented in a clear and logical fashion. Some of the earlier chapters may not be all the necessary for the scope of the book and could be removed and more physiology and all animal anatomy be inserted.
The features are fine and would be improved by hyperlinks.
There are some glaring typos throughout the book.
Not sure this is relevant.
This text should be titled something differently, or should be far more inclusive. It would have limited use for a comparative anatomy course and essentially no use for a comparative physiology course. Might be a good reference for a lower level vertebrate course, and only then for certain tetrapod vertebrates.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 Chemicals
- Chapter 2 Classification
- Chapter 3 The Cell
- Chapter 4 Body Organisation
- Chapter 5 The Skin
- Chapter 6 The Skeleton
- Chapter 7 Muscles
- Chapter 8 Cardiovascular System
- Chapter 9 Respiratory System
- Chapter 10 Lymphatic System
- Chapter 11 The Gut and Digestion
- Chapter 12 Urinary system
- Chapter 13 Reproductive System
- Chapter 14 Nervous System
- Chapter 15 The Senses
- Chapter 16 Endocrine System
About the Book
Veterinary nurses need to have a firm grasp of the normal structure of an animal’s body and how it functions before they can understand the effect diseases and injuries have and the best ways to treat them.
This book describes the structure of the animal body and the way in which it works. Animals encountered in normal veterinary practice are used as examples where possible.
About the Contributors
Ruth Lawson is a zoologist who gained her first degree at Imperial College, London University and her D.Phil from York University, UK. After post graduate research on the tropical parasitic worm that causes schistosomiasis, she emigrated to New Zealand where she spent 10 years studying how hydatid disease spreads and can be controlled. With the birth of her daughter, Kate, she started to teach at the Otago Polytechnic, in Dunedin. Although human and animal anatomy and physiology has been her main teaching focus, she retains a strong interest and teaches courses in parasitology, public health, animal nutrition and pig husbandry. Ruth lives on the Otago Peninsula overlooking the beautiful Otago Harbour where she races her Topper sailing dinghy. She also enjoys tramping, skiing and gardening and has meditated for many years.