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Canine Anatomy and Physiology – Diploma

The course is designed for those who have either successfully completed the Canine Studies programme or those that feel they already have a knowledge of subjects such as health, nutrition and responsible dog ownership.

Some of the material is similar to other modules contained in Canine Studies, but it is covered in greater depth.

Course Modules

  1. The Canine Skeleton
  • The points of the dog
  • The canine skeleton
  • Bones
  • Growth
  • The Function of the skeleton
  • The spinal column
  • The skeletal anatomy of ribs and chest
  • The skeletal anatomy of the feet
  • The anatomy of the forequarters
  • The anatomy of the hindquarters
  • The skull
  • Skull types
  • Joints
  • Health problems

 

  1. The Muscles and Coat
  • The muscles
  • What are muscles
  • Skeletal muscle
  • Cardiac muscle
  • Smooth muscle
  • Comparing the three types of muscles found in the dog
  • The Skin
  • The epidermis
  • The dermis
  • The subcutaneous layer
  • The skin as a temperature regulator
  • Anal Sacs
  • Skin problems
  • Hair
  • Types of coats
  • Moulting
  • Grooming
  • The dog’s nails
  • The pads

 

  1. The Reproductive and Urinary Systems
  • The reproductive system
  • asexual reproduction
  • sexual reproduction
  • The anatomy of reproduction
  • The bitch
  • Pro-oestrus
  • Oestrus
  • The reproductive organs of the bitch
  • The dog
  • The reproductive organs of the dog
  • Courtship and mating
  • Mating
  • The development of the foetus
  • Parturition
  • The stages of labour
  • The mammary glands
  • The Endocrine System
  • The major elements of the endocrine system
  • Fight or flight
  • Behaviour
  • Male characteristics
  • Female characteristics
  • The urinary system
  • The kidneys
  • The bladder
  • The urethra

 

  1. Dentition, Digestion and Respiratory Systems
  • Dentition
  • The 42 teeth of the adult dog
  • Structure of a tooth
  • Dental eruption times
  • Dental variations in dogs
  • Digestion
  • The alimentary canal
  • Types of food
  • The five main food types
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fats and oils
  • Proteins
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • Assimilation
  • The Respiratory System

 

  1. The Cardiovascular and Nervous Systems
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The heart
  • The Nervous System
  • The Central Nervous System
  • The Brain
  • The spinal cord
  • The neurone
  • The autonomic nervous system (ANS)
  • Some functions of the ANS
  • An introduction to the canine senses
  1. Form and Function
  • Introduction to form and function
  • Canine senses: sight, hearing, olfaction, taste, touch
  • How different breeds originated
  • The difference between natural selection and artificial selection
  • Different breeds and the group system
  • The seven groups
  • Hound Group
  • Terrier Group
  • Gundog Group
  • Utility Group
  • Toy Group
  • Working Group
  • Pastoral Group
  • The endocrine system
  • The canine endocrine system and the four major functions
  • Glands, Hormones and effects
  • Making and releasing hormones
Course details:
  • Study Level 2

The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.

  • 6 Module Course

This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification

Fees: Excluding VAT

  • Course fee – R7 900.00 (includes registration and certification)
  • Installment option – R1500 registration, R250 certification and R1200 per module

or

Monthly installments – Choose your own amount to pay monthly, no less than R500, over and above reg and cert payment. (This option ensures that finances don’t get in the way of completing your course, giving you peace of mind.)(Each module must be paid up before release.)

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