Cat Dissection Guide

The new improved cat dissection manual has finally arrived! I was motivated to make some changes due to the great cat shortage of 2019, so I could not do my normal sequence where I divide the cat dissection up by unit. This manual covers the vessels of the circulatory system and structures of the abdominal and thoracic cavities (digestive system, urinary system, reproductive system, respiratory system, circulatory system).

The muscles are not included, as I was able to do the muscle lab earlier in the year by using a small set of left-over cats. Students did not cut, only located the major muscle groups and pinned them. These four cats were used in both A&P classes.

When students return from spring break, they will embark on the cat dissection unit, and I have 5 days reserved in the lab. The instructions here walk them through how to cut the cat and find the structures with spots to answer questions and label diagrams.

In addition to this manual, my students are provide with the a manual “The Pictorial Anatomy of the Cat” by Stephen Gilbert. They are also encouraged to access the photo gallery of the cat I keep on Google: Cat Dissection and Cat Vessels.

The doc file attached can be modified, just download a file to your own google drive and make changes. Feel free to contact me if you find errors or instructions that need to be clarified.

Grade Level: 10-12
Time Required: 5-8 days

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