ANSC 319

Animal Physiology

Course overview

You’ll undertake a comprehensive examination of mammalian physiology, with an emphasis on regulation of reproduction, lactation, fluid homeostasis and growth. This will give you insights into the processes underlying pain, stress and welfare of animals with great attention placed on current research and its implications for humans, production animals, feral animals and wildlife.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course


  • restriction Environmental Physiology and Animal Welfare, ANSC-323
  • restriction Animal Population Genetics, ANSC-326

Available semesters Semester 2 2021
Credits 15
Domestic fees $945.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Explain and interpret mechanisms that regulate reproduction, growth, fluid homeostasis and lactation in mammals.
  2. Understand physiological adaptions of animals to changes in the environment.
  3. Outline and interpret the physiology of pain and the measurement of stress in animals.
  4. Analyse critically scientific papers from research in mammalian physiology.

Course examiners

Graham Barrell

Graham Barrell

Associate Professor

Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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