• Learn how to understand normal body functions before learning about the mechanisms of veterinary disease. The Textbook of Veterinary Physiology, 6th Edition approaches this vast subject in a practical, user-friendly way that helps you grasp key concepts and learn how they relate to clinical practice. From cell physiology to body system function to homeostasis and immune function, this comprehensive text provides the solid foundation needed before advancing in the veterinary curriculum.


    New to this Edition

    • NEW! Updated animations and icons added that are relevant to content.
    • NEW! New contributors lend their unique perspective and expertise to the content.


    Key Features

    • Expanded resources on the companion Evolve website include state-of-the-art 3D animations, practice questions, a glossary, and additional Clinical Correlations not found in the text.
    • Clinical Correlations boxes present case studies that illustrate how to apply physiology principles and concepts to the diagnosis and treatment of veterinary patients.
    • Practice questions at the end of each chapter test your understanding of what you've just read and provide valuable review for exams.
    • Key Points at the beginning of each chapter introduce new concepts and help you prepare for exams.
    • Full-color format highlights helpful information and enhances learning with a wealth of illustrations that visually depict specific functions and conditions.
  • Section I: The Cell
    1. The Molecular and Cellular Bases of Physiological Regulation
    2. Cancer: A Disease of Cellular Proliferation, Life Span, and Death

    Section II: Neurophysiology
    3. Introduction to the Nervous System
    4. The Neuron
    5. The Synapse
    6. The Physiology of Muscle
    7. The Concept of a Reflex
    8. Skeletal Muscle Receptor Organs
    9. The Concept of Lower and Upper Motor Neurons and Their Malfunction
    10. The Central Control of Movement
    11. The Vestibular System
    12. The Cerebellum
    13. The Autonomic Nervous System
    14. The Visual System
    15. Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Blood-Brain Barrier
    16. The Electroencephalogram and Sensory-Evoked Potentials
    17. Hearing

    Section III: Cardiovascular Physiology
    18. Overview of Cardiovascular Function
    19. Electrical Activity of the Heart
    20. The Electrocardiogram
    21. The Heart as a Pump
    22. The Systemic and Pulmonary Circulations
    23. Capillaries and Fluid Exchange
    24. Local Control of Blood Flow
    25. Neural and Hormonal Control of Blood Pressure and Blood Volume
    26. Integrated Cardiovascular Responses

    Section IV: Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract
    27. Regulation of the Gastrointestinal Functions
    28. Motility Patterns of the Gastrointestinal Tract
    29. Secretions of the Gastrointestinal Tract
    30. Digestion and Absorption: The Nonfermentative Processes
    31. Digestion: The Fermentative Processes
    32. Postabsorptive Nutrient Utilization

    Section V: Endocrinology
    33. The Endocrine System
    34. Endocrine Glands and Their Function

    Section VI: Reproduction and Lactation
    35. Control of Gonadal and Gamete Development
    36. Control of Ovulation and the Corpus Luteum
    37. Reproductive Cycles
    38. Pregnancy and Parturition
    39. The Mammary Gland
    40. Reproductive Physiology of the Male

    Section VII: Renal Physiology
    41. Glomerular Filtration
    42. Solute Reabsorption
    43. Water Balance
    44. Acid-Base Balance

    Section VIII: Respiratory Function
    45. Overview of Respiratory Function: Ventilation of the Lung
    46. Pulmonary Blood Flow
    47. Gas Exchange
    48. Gas Transport in the Blood
    49. Control of Ventilation
    50. Nonrespiratory Functions of the Lung

    Section IX: Homeostasis
    51. Fetal and Neonatal Oxygen Transport
    52. Acid-Base Homeostasis
    53. Thermoregulation

    Section X: The Immune System
    54. Antigens and Innate Immunity
    55. The Specific Immune Response: Acquired Immunity

    Appendix A: Answers to Practice Questions
    Clinical Correlations

  • Bradley G. Klein, PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA, USA

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