Virtual Animal Anatomy is an innovative online anatomy program that includes Virtual Canine Anatomy (VCA), Virtual Equine Anatomy (VEA), Virtual Feline Anatomy (VFA), and Virtual Bovine Anatomy (VBA). VCA has received outstanding accolades from members of the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists, students, and instructors both in the United States and internationally. Virtual Canine Anatomy enhances the students’ dissection experience and helps them learn anatomy efficiently (Linton et al., 2005; Linton et al., 2021). The program allows the luxury of self-paced, individualized learning and provides a focal point around which the instructor and student can exchange ideas and make interpretations of course content.
The equine, feline, and bovine programs are modeled after VCA, and are in various stages of completion. You can view examples of Virtual Animal Anatomy in this video and in this webinar.
This work has been financially supported by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), the Alternatives Research and Development Foundation, and the CVBMS College Research Council USDA Experiment Station research grant, as well as program purchases and donations.
Disclaimer: These anatomy programs show images of dissected animals. The strictest humane treatment was used during this project. All animals were euthanized prior to dissection. All work was pre-approved by the Colorado State University (CSU) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), in compliance with Animal Welfare Act (AWA), which is enforced by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy), which is enforced by Office for Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). CSU is also an AAALAC (The Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International) accredited facility.