Canine Anatomy and Physiology

Explore the physical structure of the canine body and learn how organs and systems function together to sustain life

Tuition Fee
USD $229.00 $199.00

Canine Anatomy and Physiology

Explore the physical structure of the canine body and learn how organs and systems function together to sustain life

Tuition Fee
US $229.00 $199.00


This comprehensive course is intended for animal care professionals, veterinary students, and health practitioners looking to expand their knowledge of the canine body.

Anatomy & Physiology are the essential building blocks for a career in the field of animal health care. To properly understand how an animal grows, moves, digests foods, gets ill or recovers from an injury, you must first understand how structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) normally work together to sustain life.

All body organ systems are reviewed in depth, with particular emphasis placed on the Locomotion System, and biomechanics of the spine and major joints. Included is a study of cells, tissues, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, lymphatic, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.  Students will also learn the pathophysiology of the common canine diseases encountered through injury or aging.


At the completion of the course, students will be able to

  • Define anatomy and physiology
  • Discuss the different fields of anatomy
  • Identify and describe the integumentary system
  • Identify and describe the musculoskeletal system
  • Identify and describe the cardiovascular system
  • Identify and describe the lymphatic system
  • Identify and describe the digestive system
  • Identify and describe the respiratory system
  • Identify and describe the endocrine system
  • Identify and describe the urinary system
  • Identify and describe the reproductive system
  • Identify and describe the nervous system and special senses
  • Understand biomechanics of the animal movement
  • Suggest age-appropriate exercise and fitness regiments


Online quizzes and a Final exam. The passing grade is 75%.

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 8
1 CE= 10 study hours
Completion of this course requires 80 hours

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Estimated completion of the course is 120 hours depending on students’ previous academic background and time availability. The coursework is delivered through three online lessons and includes:

  • downloadable lecture presentations
  • video tutorials
  • online textbook 
  • self-assessment quizzes 
  • communication with a course instructor
  • Certificate of Completion
  • lifetime access to course updates


Upon registration, you will receive login credentials to LCO’s online learning platform and may begin your studies. Access to courses does not expire: you may follow your studies at the time and pace convenient for you from anywhere in the world.

Lesson 1

  • Lecture 1.1 Introduction to canine anatomy and physiology
  • Lecture 1.2 Basic anatomical concepts
  • Lecture 1.3 Organs and organ systems

Lesson 2

  • Lecture 2.1 Canine skeletal system and arthrology
  • Lecture 2.2 Basic concepts
  • Lecture 2.3 Joints
  • Lecture 2.4 Axial skeleton
  • Lecture 2.5 Thoracic limb
  • Lecture 2.6 Pelvic Limb
  • Lecture 2.7 Statics and dynamics

Lesson 3

  • Lecture 3.1 Canine muscular system and exercise
  • Lecture 3.2 Basic concepts
  • Lecture 3.3 Muscles of the head and trunk
  • Lecture 3.4 Muscles of the thoracic limb
  • Lecture 3.5 Muscles of the pelvic limb
  • Lecture 3.6 Exercise physiology
  • Lecture 3.7 Physical exercise through life stages


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Tuition Fee
US $229.00 $199.00

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Course Reviews

U. Drosdof
Dog trainer
The course is very well structured with plenty of additional resources if you want to go back and learn a specific part in depth. I found the lessons are well formatted and I particularly enjoyed the video links suggested.
L. Stetson
Veterinary assistant
I very much enjoyed the course! It is really comprehensive, with an abundance of clear illustrations and graphics…made it easy to learn difficult concepts.
O. Tornenend
Animal Care Technician Specialist
I have had a great experience, everything about the learning platform was simple and effective, and my instructor was there to help me. I was able to progress through my study on my own time frame, not having deadline to finish the study was very convenient.


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