Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Anatomy Teaching in Cambridge

Anatomy teaching images [Images by AVMG] Veterinary Anatomy

The department is responsible for all the anatomical teaching of veterinary students during their pre-clinical course and this teaching is coordinated by the University Clinical Veterinary Anatomist, a veterinary surgeon dedicated to anatomical teaching. In the first year students receive an introduction to the anatomy of the major domestic species, and in the second year this is continued into courses on neuroanatomy, reproductive anatomy and the biology of non-mammalian vertebrates and 'exotic' mammals. Facilities include a dedicated animal dissection room, a dry teaching laboratory, imaging facilities and a library of books, radiographs and MRI images. Teaching consists of lectures, practicals and live animal work. We aim to emphasise the science underpinning the study of animal structure while constantly emphasising the clinical links of the course.

Medical Anatomy

The department teaches anatomy to all medical students during their pre-clinical course.

Teaching is coordinated by the University Clinical Anatomist and a team of Departmental Clinical Demonstrators.

Teaching integrates dissection, lectures and practical classes. Topics include the interpretation of normal images (with up-to-date facilities incorporating computer graphics), the principles of examination of patients, the communication of information and the recognition of common abnormalities. These are co-ordinated with the study of development and molecular mechanisms, as well as systematic embryology. Courses in the second year, e.g. Reproductive Biology and Neuroscience, involve an integrated series of lectures and practical sessions.

Our guiding principle is that at School pupils are taught whereas at University students are helped to learn.