1. ANATOMY OF THYROID GLANDBy:Waqas Nawaz11-arid-975DVM 2nd sem.
2. THYROID GLAND An endocrine gland that produces thyroid hormones that regulate many metabolic processes in the body. Metabolic processes are activities that occur in cells, involving the release of energy from nutrients or using energy to create other substances. Thyroid hormones are important in the maintenance of normal, healthy activity levels of many different organs in the body.
3. LOCATION •In front of the neck •below the larynx (voice box)•The thyroid gland consists of twolobes, one on each side•It starts cranially at the oblique line on thethyroid cartilage (just below the laryngealprominence, or Adams Apple), andextends inferiorly to approximately the fifthor sixth tracheal ring, windpipe•each gland is deeply buried in the softtissues of the neck that surround the voicebox.
4. GENERAL STUCTURE Elongated Dark red gland size is variable  Depending on the breed and individual animal. It is shaped like a "bow tie," having two halves or lobes. A normal thyroid gland may or may not be palpable (felt in the neck with fingertips); this varies in certain breeds of dog.
5.  Two cone-like lobes or wings, lobus dexter (right lobe) and lobus sinister ( left lobe), connected via the isthmus. larger endocrine glands, weighing 2-3 grams in neonates and 18-60 grams in adults, and is increased in pregnancy.
6. HISTOLOGICAL STRUCTUREthyroid gland is composed of three parts…. 1. Follicles. spherical follicles that selectively absorb iodine (as iodide ions) from the blood for production of thyroid hormones, but also for storage of iodine in thyroglobulin. 2. Thyroid epithelial cells (or "follicular cells") 3. Parafollicular cells (or "C cells")
7. THE BLOOD SUPPLY 5ml/gram of tissue. This makes the blood supply almost twice as rich as that of the kidney. When the thyroid is very large, the massive blood flow to the gland is audible as a noise (bruit).
8.  There are three main arteries supplying the thyroid gland: 1) Superior thyroid artery 2) Inferior thyroid arteryVeins 1) Superior thyroid vein 2) Middle thyroid vein 3) Inferior thyroid vein
9. NERVE SUPPLY Nerves are derived from the superior, middle and inferior cervical sympathetic ganglia. Reach the thyroid gland through the cardiac and laryngeal branches of the vagus nerve, which runs along the arteries supplying the gland. These postganglionic fibres are vasomotor and indirectly affect the gland through its blood supply.