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Independent Study

Mammary Macro-structure
Dairy Cow Udder Anatomy


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Structure and function, or anatomy and physiology, go hand-in-hand in understanding the mammary gland. This module focuses on the gross anatomy of the mammary gland of the dairy cow. The lessons learned from this module can be applied to understanding mammary anatomy of other species, as well. Later modules and lessons will address the physiology of the mammary gland in greater detail.

As skin glands go, the mammary gland of a dairy cow is a remarkable structure. To begin examining the anatomy of this gland, some gross anatomical landmarks are indentified here, including the teats, fore and rear quarters, mammary groove, and fore and rear quarter attachments.

Mammary Structure