How I prepare for dissections

Since we’re dissecting dog brains tomorrow morning, I’ve decided to do a blog post on how I prepare for dissections. So without further ado, here are the three things I try to do to prepare for dissections:

1.       Pack everything I’m going to need. Since our school doesn’t supply us with scalpels or tools, we each bring our own sets, complete with sterile blades and gloves. Here I’ve done a sort of flat-lay with the set that we got when we joined the Norwegian Veterinary Association, including a thermometer which I will of course not be bringing. We received a stethoscope as well, so if you want to see and read more about the day when we got our kits, click here.

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2.       Print out the dissection guide. Before each dissection, the professors usually post a step-by-step guide to what we’re going to look at, and in what order we’ll be cutting the different body parts. Those guides, in combination with the relevant anatomical charts, are pretty much essential to the dissection process. Otherwise, you don’t know what you’re looking for, or at for that matter.

3.       Do the necessary prep work. If there are any tasks or difficult terms in the guide sheet I try to take a few minutes to look over it and answer it the best I can, without writing more than a few sentences. If there are any anatomical structures that can be hard to locate, I try to write where they can be found relative to other bigger or more visible structures.

I then print the final prep sheets, place them in a folder to bring to school in case I need to pen something down during the dissections. As of writing this, I still have a few more things I’d like to look over before tomorrow’s lectures, therefore I’ll leave you with this. If you’re interested in seeing more images, head over to the @vettobe Instagram.