Biochemistry II

General information

Lecturer: Prof. dr. E. Meyer; Year taught: 2nd Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Position of the course

The objective of this course is to acquire insight in the most important aspects of the normal cellular metabolism of domestic animals. A central theme is the relationship between the molecular structure and the biological function of biomolecules. The focus lies on the catabolism i.e. the different metabolic pathways that can deliver energy for the animal. This particular aim is linked to the general aim of the bachelor education in veterinary medicine because not only the assimilation but mostly the critical interpretation of the biomedical knowledge is stimulated. 


The course biochemistry III is built on the fundamentals acquired in the courses biochemistry I and II. The different chapters deal with tissue- or organ-specific (liver, skeletal muscle, blood and adipose tissue) and/or species-specific (e;g. ruminants) aspects of the normal biochemistry of domestic animals. In the capita selecta a biochemical basis is provided for important themes that are discussed in-depth in other courses (neurotransmission, excretion, steroid hormones, vitamins and trace elements, clinical enzymology).

Final competences

The end terms comprise the knowledge and insight in the normal metabolism of the tissues or organs of domestic animals, and in the species differences within these metabolic pathways. When relevant a link to the patho-biochemistry is made. With this knowledge, it should be possible for the bachelor student to gain insight in the tissue or organ specialization and in the underlying reaction mechanisms, and to understand the relationship between the different metabolic conversions on a tissue and species level. Therefore, this course forms a basis for courses like patho-biochemistry and -physiology and pharmacology. These end terms are integrated within the general end terms of the bachelor education, i.e. a thorough knowledge of the structure and the function of the (biomolecules of) domestic animals in a medical context and the problem-solving orientation of this knowledge.