Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals / Edition 1

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Anatomy and physiology are key foundational areas of study for animal science students and professionals. Understanding these guiding principles will provide students with a better understanding of complex make-up of domestic animals and continued success in further study in this field. Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals provides a thorough, systems-based introduction to anatomy and physiology of a wide range of domestic animal species. Each chapter is highly illustrated to provide useful examples of concepts discussed.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Sandra Ann Yi, DVM, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book attempts the difficult task of conveying the details of anatomy, histology, physiology, as well as the general application of this knowledge, to students in the animal sciences.
Purpose: According to the authors, the main purpose is to teach undergraduate students the concept that form and function in biological systems is intimately interwoven.
Audience: This book is designed to lay the foundation for undergraduate education in agricultural and biological sciences with the intent that this will help students be successful in their future studies.
Features: It sets out to describe the comparative anatomy, histology, and molecular physiology of all of the organ systems in domestic animals. There is special emphasis, based on the authors' areas of expertise, on the study of ruminant and avian anatomy and physiology. Illustrations are used effectively to demonstrate many of the complex physiological processes that are explained in quite some detail in the text. Tables are used in a manner that helps to more clearly define the material, such as in the descriptions of nerve receptors in the integument. The major shortcoming of the book occurs when the authors delve into great detail about the molecular basis of a physiological process in a conversational and speculative tone, as they do in the section on the streak canal and the possibility of there being substances present that are similar to human hBD-2 for the prevention of infectious mastitis in the cow. This is an interesting comparative discussion, but I was left with the question at the end of the section as to whether these substances have been found in lactating cows, or is this purely speculative?
Assessment: Overall this book contains a lot of stimulating information that students will find very useful.
From the Publisher
"The authors have fulfilled their expressed intent in Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals to provide a text that, although primarily a physiology text, contains an excellent amount of anatomic information... The book will serve well as an introductory text for the needs of undergraduate students who have little or no anatomic or physiologic background. It will also serve as an excellent text for courses taught to undergraduate zoology, animal science, and preveterinary students." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, March 2009)

“Illustrations are used effectively to demonstrate many of the complex physiological processes that are explained in quite some detail in the text. Tables are used in a manner that helps to more clearly define the material.... overall this book contains... stimulating information that students will find quite useful." - Doodys Book Reviews, December 2008

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813803296
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/23/2008
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,030,264
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Michael Akers, Ph.D., is the Horace E. and Elizabeth F. Alphin Professor of Dairy Science at Virginia Tech and Department Head of Dairy Science. He has received numerous university and professional society awards for research excellence including the Young Scientist, Borden, and Pharmacia and Upjohn Physiology Awards from the American Dairy Science Association and the Animal Growth and Development Award from the American Society of Animal Science.

D. Michael Denbow, Ph.D., is a professor of Animal Science at Virginia Tech and has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching including Purina Mills Award for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Award of Merit, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and the W.E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching from Virginia Tech.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology.

Chapter 2: The Cell: The Common Physiological Denominator.

Chapter 3. Fundamental Biochemical Pathways and Processes in Cellular Physiology.

Chapter 4. Tissue Structure and Organization.

Chapter 5. Integumentary System.

Chapter 6. Bone and Skeletal System.

Chapter 7. Muscular System.

Chapter 8. Introduction to the Nervous System.

Chapter 9. Central Nervous System.

Chapter 10. Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous System.

Chapter 11. Special Senses.

Chapter 12. Endocrine System.

Chapter 13. Cardiovascular System.

Chapter 14. Respiratory System.

Chapter 15. Immunity.

Chapter 16. Urinary System.

Chapter 17. Digestive System.

Chapter 18. Lactation and Animal Agriculture.

Chapter 19. Reproduction.



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