CVM 6100
Veterinary Gross Anatomy

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Course Information (2010)


Veterinary Gross Anatomy is a five-credit core course in the veterinary curriculum. It is taught to first-year veterinary students during the first semester. The course consists of nine weeks of simultaneous presentation of Carnivore Gross Anatomy (10 lectures and 25 labs totaling 75 lab hours) and Embryology (7 lectures) followed by six weeks of Ungulate Gross Anatomy (11 lectures and 19 labs totaling 57 lab hours).

Transverse Section Through Canine Abdomen

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         Class Schedule & Syllabus
         Modes of Presentation
               Independent Study



         C.E. Clarkson, DVM, PhD (Office: 235d AS/VM; Phone: (612) 624-2267; e-mail:

        V.S. Cox, DVM, PhD (Office: 295c AS/VM; Phone: (612) 624-2743; e-mail:  

        T.F. Fletcher, DVM, PhD (Office: 235c AS/VM; Phone: (612) 624-9765; e-mail:  

        A. Rodriquez, CVT (Office: 235s AS/VM; Phone: (612) 624-6170; e-mail:  


Class Schedule & Syllabus:
CVM 6100, Veterinary Gross Anatomy, is taught to first-year veterinary students during their first semester. Lectures are presented in room 125 AS/VM; labs are held in room 40 AS/VM. To view the class schedule (as a pdf file) click: CVM 6100 Class Schedule. To view course syllabus documentation (as a pdf file), click: CVM 6100 Course Syllabus

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The following textbooks are required for the course:

Miller's Guide to the Dissection of the Dog (seventh edition, 2010) by H.E. Evans and A. deLahunta. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia.

Minnesota Ungulate Anatomy Dissection Guide by V.S. Cox; obtained from Minnesota Veterinary Student Supply.

The following textbook is highly recommended:

Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy (fourth edition, 2010 ) by Dyce, Sack and Wensing. W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia.

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Modes of Presentation:


  1. You will be tested on the content of the lecture notes as well as lecture presentation content. The lecture notes (which you have purchased) may also be downloaded as PDF files (screen-resolution).
            Download: Carnivore Gross Anatomy Lecture Notes
            Download: Developmental Anatomy (Embryology) Lecture Notes

  2. You will not be tested, per se, on independent study material (listed below).


  1. Lab introductions ("Prelabs") will be given in Rm.125 AS/VM at the start of each lab.

  2. Dissection labs will take place in room 40 AS/VM. Your Guide to the Dissection of the Dog will provide carnivore dissection instructions, according to assignments listed in the Class Schedule. We have provided you with a List of Anatomical Terms per Lab [click to download the carnivore Terms List as a pdf file]. You will be tested on your knowledge of the anatomical terms.

  3. During the first nine weeks of carnivore dissection students will be organized into groups of nine persons. Each group will dissect two dogs and one cat. You are responsible for knowing the anatomy of all three specimens. Arrangements for ungulate dissection will be announced later in the course.

  4. Lab demonstration material displayed during each Lab period will provide additional views of anatomical structures. Take time to examine these.

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       Independent Study:

  1. Small Animal Clinical Practice Problems (in your printed handouts) were prepared by Professor-Emeritus A. F. Weber to present clinical applications of anatomical knowledge. There are twelve problems [click to download Small Animal problems as a pdf file]. Problems are referenced in the CVM 6100 Schedule/Syllabus. Their use is optional on your part.

  2. Computer courseware has been developed for your independent study. Our carnivore anatomy courseware is web-based and can be accessed from our Veterinary Anatomy Web Site [click here]. To view just carnivore courseware descriptions for the web site [click here]. To view our courseware recommendations for CVM 6100 [click here].

    Ungulate anatomy coursewre is available on the CD-ROM that you purchased (ungulate details will be discussed later in the course).

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