The Science Of Vet Med

Insect Anatomy

By studying insect anatomy you will see even more variation in form and function. For example, the insect heart of a cockroach is very different from the hearts of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and even fish. The heart of a cockroach has 13 different chambers, and it doesn’t beat by itself. Instead, muscles outside of the heart are responsible for its beating.

In the online Introduction to Anatomy course and the “Beneath the Skin, Scale, Fur, & Feather” anatomy coloring book, future vets will be exposed to the comparative anatomy of a wide variety of animals. Students will compare the bones in the neck of a giraffe to the same bones in the neck of a horse, see the four-chambered stomachs of cows and the two stomachs of birds, compare the four-chambered heart of mammals to the three-chambered heart of amphibians and so much more. Animals from anteaters to dolphins are featured in this course.

Additionally, "Beneath, the Skin, Scale Fur and Feather" doesn’t just teach anatomy. Through its “Did You Know” and “Fun Fact” callouts, students learn interesting facts on function, medical conditions, behavior and so much more.

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