Animal dissection supplies and tools.

Animal Dissection

Supplies for animal dissection and education.

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  • Dissection Kits
    Dissection Kits

    Save time and money with a complete dissecting kit. Kits include the high-quality specimen, tools, and a dissection guide.

  • Dissection Specimens
    Dissection Specimens

    Find preserved specimens and organisms in plain, single, or double injection.

  • Dissection Tools
    Dissection Tools

    Get all the dissection tools and other equipment that you need: scalpels, T-pins, dissection pans, teasing needles, scissors, and more.

  • Dissection Guides
    Dissection Guides

    Choose from a wide selection of dissection guides and manuals so you can easily learn how to dissect everything from frogs to starfish to sheep hearts.

  • What to Get for Dissection
    What to Get for Dissection

    Find top selling tools and kits here, along with links to other resources!

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See why animal dissection labs are irreplaceable for teaching students about anatomy. Get tips on planning a dissection. Plus, find step-by-step photographic instructions on dissecting a fetal pig and a sheep's heart.

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With a little help from us, your home or laboratory dissections can be effective, engaging, and enjoyable!

Why Conduct an Animal Dissection?

Animal dissections are incredibly valuable. There is no dissection alternative, including diagrams, 3D models, and videos, that can replicate a real, hands-on dissection. By dissecting an animal, we can see both the simple and complex organs of their anatomy--intact. Anatomy, Physiology, and Zoology classes use animal dissections as part of their curriculum.

Benefits to Dissecting Animals

Animal dissections have multiple benefits. First, dissecting an animal boosts understanding. Studies have shown that students who “experience” science using their hands understand concepts better. Hands-on science activates sensory and motor-related parts of the brain. Studying animal anatomy can even give students a better understanding of human anatomy. For example, the functionalities and parts of a cow eye are similar to that of a human eye!

Second, animal dissections are memorable. That’s because they use our senses. Which ones? Sight primarily. They also use our sense of hearing and smell. Combined, students will find it easier to remember a multi-sensory activity than a single-sense one. Memory, or recall, boosts academic performance. Students who pursue careers in biology (including researchers, medical doctors, and teachers) will be helped by remembering dissection details.

Third, dissecting is an activity. The student either participates or doesn’t; the finished project speaks for itself! In contrast, measuring student participation in passive learning formats, like lectures, is harder.

Fourth, it’s easy to incorporate dissections into lesson plans. They fit well into content units, grade and age curriculum, or individual lab projects. You can make projects easier or more challenging with help from the dissection guides that accompany all of our specimens. Our dissection kits come with everything you need, including tools, to complete a project.

Fifth, animal dissections can develop in students a deeper respect for the complexities of life and the natural world. An animal’s internal organs reveal clues about how they move, eat, reproduce, and regulate their functions.

Recent Animal Dissection Improvements

Remember that overpowering smell from your middle school, high school, or college life science lab? That was the fault of formaldehyde, a chemical preservative. Formaldehyde in classroom dissections probably turned more than a few students away from studying biology further!

Fortunately, most of our animal suppliers use formalin to embalm their products. Formalin is a colorless and (mostly) odorless solution of formaldehyde in water. You’ll notice that many customer reviews mention the “no-smell” smell of our dissection animals.

We source most of our animals from companies in the United States. That means, most of our suppliers are subject to inspections and compliance orders from the US Department of Agriculture, under the Animal Welfare Act.

Animals used for dissection are often the byproducts of other industries. For example, fetal pigs come from pork manufacturers. Skinned minks come from fur ranches. The bodies of these animals would be sent to the landfill otherwise.

Small Animal Dissections

Small animals make dissection laboratories more affordable. Specimens cost less. They ship quickly. They take up less room in storage and require less working space in the lab.

Small animals reproduce quicker than larger ones. Their life cycles are shorter. Their anatomies are simpler and less "human." We recommend dissecting smaller animals first, before attempting a dissection with a larger animal.

You can order earthworms, crayfish, starfish, clams, grasshoppers, and frogs from our store.

Large Animal Dissections

Larger animals have more complex organs. Some of their organs, like a cow’s eye, are very similar to our organs. Because of their size, we can see the inner workings of the anatomy more easily in large animals.

You can order fetal pigs, squids, snakes, turtles, lampreys, dogfish sharks, rats, pigeons, rabbits, and minks from our store. In addition, you can also buy cow eyes, sheep eyes, sheep hearts, sheep brains, sheep kidneys, sheep uteri, and sheep plucks.

Whether you're a homeschool parent, a Biology teacher, or any other kind of science educator, consider how valuable, memorable, and doable animal dissection can be when mapping out your Biology lesson plans. You'll never regret opening curious eyes to a whole new world of discovery and exploration!