Teaching Anatomy Online

Veterinary anatomy has always been one of the more difficult subjects to teach within the curriculum due to its dependence on student access to cadavers and specimens. The introduction of interactive digital media  has opened up new ways for veterinary students to study anatomy. This fits well with the move towards self-directed learning, enabling students to revisit and explore topics outside both the lecture theatre and the dissection lab.

Digital Anatomical Images

The RVC has captured an amazing collecting of digital images from specimens kept in the Lanyon Museum of Comparative Anatomy. These are captured in high TIFF resolution and are available through the Wellcome Image Collection. However, lower resolution images can be viewed on the RVC web site here.

The Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum

The Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM) was established to promote free sharing of peer reviewed content. It became apparent that there was a real enthusiasm from project partners to collaborate and new partners also requested to join. As a result, the museum now hosts digital assets from over 15 institutions including all the UK veterinary school and vet schools in the rest of Europe, India and Australasia. The OVAM project adopted a number of innovative approaches to build its digital collection in less than a year. Appointing student e-curators, overseen by academic experts, not only helped facilitate the development of the museum but also meant they were able to create their own sets of learning resources.

Student sitting in Anatomy Museum

The content of the museum has a strong educational focus. Many of the resources available through the museum are already being used effectively in individual veterinary schools for teaching purposes. However, their value is greatly increased when they are combined with resources from other institutions to provide an integrated resource package of information, animation, assessment, interaction and feedback. A decision has been made to focus on several anatomical systems including: locomotor, reproductive, respiratory and the head. The equine skeleton will be the main anatomical model but comparative anatomy with other domestic species and man will also be incorporated.

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