Veterinary Science: Comparative Anatomy + Dissection Course - EXPLO

Veterinary Science: Comparative Anatomy + Dissection

Step into our veterinary anatomy lab to investigate animal body systems, from the common frog to the cheetah.

Ever wonder why hippos’ sweat is red or why sloths are so slow? Did you know the octopus has nine brains and three hearts? Through scientific analysis, we will use our observations to identify homologous and analogous traits. We’ll sharpen our scalpel skills as we perform a comprehensive series of dissections to enhance our familiarity and appreciation of how these fascinating systems maintain life. Fueled by our own curiosity and using the tools of collaborative inquiry, we may just uncover common ancestors throughout the animal kingdom, and ultimately discover our place within it.

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Course Highlights

  • Body Systems

    Explore major systems in the body, including digestion, circulation, respiration, and integumentary, discovering how these operate within different animals to maintain life. Dissect a variety of animals and compare systems within and across species as you draw out similarities and differences between them.

  • Cladistics

    Build cladograms to visualize common traits between species and link them to common ancestry, revealing a network of connections within the animal kingdom.

  • Form and Function

    Pick out distinctive features in a line up of animal skulls, and create your own theories behind them, relating the structure of the jaw and the size of the brain to the needs of each animal.

  • Vestigial Traits and Adaptations

    Were feathers used just for warmth before they evolved to help birds fly? Discuss why some features in animals might have grown to serve different functions and why others become less functional over time.

I learned so much today. Before the dissection, I didn’t even really know what a spleen or gallbladder were, or where they were even located. But we found them and our instructor taught us all about the structure and function of the organs.