Using the Vet-Med bone collection, first-year students in Mizzou’s gross anatomy lab study animals inside and out.
Each year in the basement of the Veterinary Medicine Building, 120 first-year students gather in the gross anatomy lab to learn, inside and out, the four animals most often seen by practicing veterinarians: dog, cat, horse and ox. Animal skeletons in the lab serve as a visual tool to help vet-med students as they learn to identify the bones and muscle attachments of the four core animals, as well as those of select reptiles, chickens and pigs. The college houses a collection of more than 1,000 bones students can study as they complete their first-year anatomy requirements. Some have been at Mizzou since the Vet School opened in 1946.