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Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals, 2nd Edition

Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals, 2nd Edition

R. Michael Akers, D. Michael Denbow

ISBN: 978-1-118-35638-8

Dec 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

684 pages

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Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals, Second Edition offers a detailed introduction to the foundations of anatomy and physiology in a wide range of domestic species. Well illustrated throughout, the book provides in-depth information on the guiding principles of this key area of study for animal science students, fostering a thorough understanding of the complex make-up of domestic animals. This Second Edition includes access to supplementary material online, including images and tables available for download in PowerPoint, a test bank of questions for instructors, and self-study questions for students at

Taking a logical systems-based approach, this new edition is fully updated and now provides more practical information, with descriptions of anatomic or physiological events in pets or domestic animals to demonstrate everyday applications. Offering greater depth of information than other books in this area, Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals is an invaluable textbook for animal science students and professionals in this area.

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Preface vii

Preface to the First Edition ix

About the Companion Website xi

Chapter 1. Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 3

Chapter 2. The Cell: The Common Physiological Denominator 11

Chapter 3. Fundamental Biochemical Pathways and Processes in Cellular Physiology 57

Chapter 4. Tissue Structure and Organization 85

Chapter 5. Integumentary System 121

Chapter 6. Bones and Skeletal System 139

Chapter 7. Muscular Tissue 179

Chapter 8. Introduction to the Nervous System 215

Chapter 9. Central Nervous System 241

Chapter 10. Peripheral and Autonomic Nervous System 265

Chapter 11. Special Senses 297

Chapter 12. Endocrine System 323

Chapter 13. Cardiovascular System 375

Chapter 14. Respiratory System 417

Chapter 15. Immunity 441

Chapter 16. Urinary System 459

Chapter 17. Digestive System 483

Chapter 18. Lactation 529

Chapter 19. Reproduction 557

Glossary 591

Index 633

“The book is very well illustrated in color and provides basic information in key areas for undergraduate students in agricultural and  biological sciences to be successful in upper level specialty courses such as nutrition, reproduction, and biotechnology. It may also provide new graduate students with a source for review of basic principles.”  (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 June 2014)

  • Introduces the principles of anatomy and physiology of a wide range of domestic species
  • Promotes a thorough understanding of the structure and function of each body system
  • Presents colorful illustrations throughout to depict the structures described
  • Offers new sections showing the everyday relevance of the principles discussed
  • Includes supplementary materials online, including test banks, self-study questions, and the images in PowerPoint at