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Course Description

“The horse is often described as the perfect running machine, but every one of its anatomical adaptations – whether in the musculoskeletal system or in one of the other systems – comes with a cost or trade-off, which often predisposes it to injury or disease” is the thesis instructor Dr. Jeff Thomason poses to students in the Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy class. Students will research and discuss equine digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, reproductive, muscular systems or any of the other systems of the horse’s anatomy in relation to this thesis.

This course will build on your experience with horses and from what you have learned in Equine Functional Anatomy and other courses to improve your interaction with horses and enhance your ability to locate and use reliable information on equine anatomy. You will have the opportunity to research and explore areas of anatomy you are most interested in whether it is the hoof, gut, skin, brain or any other area of interest understanding how the horse’s systems work together. As part of this course you will prepare an instructional document such as a factsheet, video, infographic, recorded interview, whatever you choose on your anatomy research topic. You will provide a critical analysis of available research and evidence.

Guest speakers will present on some of the most recent research being conducted in equine anatomy. 

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*Course details are subject to change.


View the upcoming course schedule at our Equine Studies Online program website.

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