Cunningham's Textbook of Veterinary Physiology

Understanding the normal functions of the body is essential for successful veterinary practice and for understanding the mechanisms of disease. The 5th edition of Textbook of Veterinary Physiology approaches this vast subject in a practical, user-friendly way that helps you understand how key concepts relate to clinical practice. From cell physiology to body system function to homeostasis and immune function, this comprehensive text gives you the solid foundation you need to provide effective veterinary care.

Hardbound, 624 Pages

Published: July 2012

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-2361-8


  • "Building on previous versions, the new editions of this book proposes to be an accompaniment to first-year students of veterinary-related subjects, but will also prove to be a useful aid to students of other, related scientific disciplines where an overview or aspects of veterinary physiology is required...The text is readily populated  with very high-quality illustrations, which prove extremely useful in helping to visualise and understand  the concepts  and information presented."

    Veterinary Record, May 2013


  • Section I: The Cell

    Chapter 1: The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Physiological Regulation

    Chapter 2: Cancer: a Disease of Cellular Proliferation, Life Span, and Death


    Section II: Neurophysiology

    Chapter 3: Introduction to the Nervous System

    Chapter 4: The Neuron

    Chapter 5: The Synapse

    Chapter 6: The Physiology of Muscle

    Chapter 7: The Concept of a Reflex

    Chapter 8: Skeletal Muscle Receptor Organs

    Chapter 9: The Concept of Lower and Upper Motor Neurons and Their Malfunction

    Chapter 10: The Central Control of Movement

    Chapter 11: The Vestibular System

    Chapter 12: The Cerebellum

    Chapter 13: The Autonomic Nervous System

    Chapter 14: The Visual System

    Chapter 15: Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Blood-Brain Barrier

    Chapter 16: The Electroencephalogram and Sensory-Evoked Potentials

    Chapter 17: Hearing


    Section III: Cardiovascular Physiology

    Chapter 18: Overview of Cardiovascular Function

    Chapter 19: Electrical Activity of the Heart

    Chapter 20: The Electrocardiogram

    Chapter 21: The Heart as a Pump

    Chapter 22: The Systemic and Pulmonary Circulations

    Chapter 23: Capillaries and Fluid Exchange

    Chapter 24: Local Control of Blood Flow

    Chapter 25: Neural and Hormonal Control of Blood Pressure and Blood Volume

    Chapter 26: Integrated Cardiovascular Responses


    Section IV: Physiology of the Gastrointestinal Tract

    Chapter 27: Regulation of the Gastrointestinal Functions

    Chapter 28: Movements of the Gastrointestinal Tract

    Chapter 29: Secretions of the Gastrointestinal Tract

    Chapter 30: Digestion and Absorption: The Nonfermentative Processes

    Chapter 31: Digestion: The Fermentative Processes

    Chapter 32: Postabsorptive Nutrient Utilization


    Section V: Endocrinology

    Chapter 33: The Endocrine System

    Chapter 34: Endocrine Glands and Their Function


    Section VI: Reproduction and Lactation

    Chapter 35: Control of Gonadal and Gamete Development

    Chapter 36: Control of Ovulation and the Corpus Luteum

    Chapter 37: Reproductive Cycles

    Chapter 38: Pregnancy and Parturition

    Chapter 39: The Mammary Gland

    Chapter 40: Reproductive Physiology of the Male


    Section VII: Renal Physiology

    Chapter 41: Glomerular Filtration

    Chapter 42: Solute Reabsorption

    Chapter 43: Water Balance

    Chapter 44: Acid-Base Balance


    Section VIII: Respiratory Function

    Chapter 45: Overview of Respiratory Function: Ventilation of the Lung

    Chapter 46: Pulmonary Blood Flow

    Chapter 47: Gas Exchange

    Chapter 48: Gas Transport in the Blood

    Chapter 49: Control of Ventilation

    Chapter 50: Nonrespiratory Functions of the Lung


    Section IX: Homeostasis

    Chapter 51: Fetal and Neonatal Oxygen Transport

    Chapter 52: Acid-Base Homeostasis

    Chapter 53: Thermoregulation


    Section X: The Immune System

    Chapter 54: Antigens and Innate Immunity

    Chapter 55: The Specific Immune Response: Acquired Immunity


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