Animal Husbandry A (Introduction) Online Course

$ 800.00$ 595.00

Product Description

This is a great starting course to further education; 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 for your animals.

This knowledge is essential if you are going to work with animals in any capacity.

Course Aims:

  • Discuss the physical components of mammals and other animals, including cells and tissues.
  • Explain the digestive system of more than one type of animal, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Describe the circulatory system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the urinary system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the nervous system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the respiratory system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Explain the reproductive system of animals, including structure and function.
  • Explain the muscular system in animals, including the structure and function of muscles, and meat quality.
  • Explain the skeletal system of a typical mammal, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Describe the biological mechanisms underlying the growth and development of animals and explain the endocrine system of animals, in terms of both structure and function.
  • Describe differences between different types of animals, in terms of both structure and function.


Course Outline

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction, cells & tissues
    • Crops and livestock interrelationship
    • Animal Cell – cell membrane, nucleus, cytoplasm, Golgi appartus etc.
    • Animal Tissues – epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissues
    • Cellular properties – Osmosis, filtration, hydrostatic pressure etc.
    • Cellular nutrient and waste exchange
  2. The Digestive System
    • Components of the Digestive System
    • Simple stomach structure and function – digestion, absorption, utilisation
    • The small intestine structure and function
    • The large intestine structure and function
    • The Ruminant stomach – rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum
    • Digestion, absorption and utilisation in the ruminant stomach
    • Poultry Digestion – crop, proventriculus, gizzard
    • Accessory glands of the digestive system – salivary glands, pancreas, liver
    • Hormones and enzymes
    • Microbial breakdown
    • End-products of digestion
  3. The Circulatory System
    • Circulatory networks
    • Pulmonary circulation
    • Systemic circulation
    • Hepatic portal system
    • Lymphatic system
    • The composition of blood – plasma, RBC’s, Platelets, WBC’s
    • Functions of Blood – clotting mechanisms, immunity, etc.
    • The blood vessels – arteries, veins, venules, arterioles, and capillaries
    • The Heart
    • Physiology of the circulatory system
  4. The Urinary System
    • The anatomy of the urinary system – kidneys, ureters, and bladder
    • The physiology of the urinary system – Nephrons, Bowman’s capsule, Loop of Henle, convuluted tubules etc
    • Excretion and osmoregulation
  5. The Nervous System
    • Central nervous system (CNS)
    • Peripheral nervous system
    • Neurons – sensory and motor
    • The brain – medulla oblongata, hypothalamus, olfactory bulb, cerebrum, thalamus etc.
    • The spinal cord
    • The cranial and spinal nerves
    • The autonomic nervous system
    • The endocrine system
    • Sensory organs – ears, nose, eye amd common integument (skin)
  6. Respiration
    • The anatomy of respiration
    • The trachea
    • The bronchial tree
    • Lungs
    • The physiology of respiration
    • Gaseous exchange
    • Breathing
  7. The Reproductive System
    • Anatomy of male reproduction – testes, accessory organs, and the penis
    • The physiology of male reproduction
    • Hormone and sperm production
    • Erection and ejaculation
    • Fertility problems in the male
    • Venereal disease, injury, physical and emotional immaturity, nutirtion etc
    • Anatomy of female reproduction – ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina, and the vulva
    • The physiology of female reproduction
    • The oestrus cycle
    • Ovulation
    • Female fertility problems
    • Pregnancy and partuition
    • Structure of the mammary glands
    • Milk secretion
  8. Muscles & Meat
    • The muscular system
    • Types of muscle – smooth, striated and cardiac
    • The structure of meat
    • Meat quality
  9. The Skeleton
    • The anatomy of bones
    • How bones are formed
    • Fractures and fracture healing
    • Types of bones
    • Bone joints – moveable and immovable
    • Dentition
    • The dental formula – cattle, sheep, and pigs
  10. Animal Growth, Development, and the Endocrine System
    • Growth curves
    • Pre-natal growth – ovum, embryo, and foetus
    • Post-natal growth
    • Factora that affect the growth of new-borns
    • Factors that affect post natal growth
    • Compensatory growth
    • The endocrine system – pituitary body, thyroid, parathyroids, pancreas, and adrenals
  11. Comparing Different Animals
    • Poultry digestion
    • Important differences between mammals and bird skeletons
    • Incubating eggs – natural and artificial
    • Set task – comparing a range of other selected animals


"Yes it was very valuable for me, because I learnt a lot of new things that I didn't learn before. The set tasks were a great way for me to broaden my knowledge."

Cassandra McGhie

Animal Husbandry A Student


"It was a good grounding of basic physiology and anatomy which I feel will be extremely useful in other components of animal and wildlife studies."

Wendy Joy Smith

Animal Husbandry A Student


"Take the plunge! You will never know if you are really interested in something before giving it a go!! Don't hesitate, the courses are set out in an easy to follow, informative and interesting format with great tutor support."

Felicia Simone Verkerk

Animal Husbandry A Student