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Whether you’re thinking “Oh, gross!” or “How cool!”, dissection is an important part of your biology lab work. Make it easy on yourself with a complete biology dissection kit.

What is dissection?

To dissect an animal (or plant) is to cut and separate its parts for scientific examination. Dissections help you learn about animals from the inside out. You can see how their organs, tissues, veins, and muscles interact and cooperate.

When you cut an animal for dissection, you'll keep the body parts separate by pinning them. This allows you to study them closely, without obstruction. The cuts you make in a dissection will usually follow natural lines of cleavage (i.e., connective tissue).

Dissecting animals is a life skill

It takes practice (and patience) to become good at dissecting.

Good dissection technique is important in many science and medical occupations. Some of these occupations are research scientists, veterinarians, surgeons, forensic examiners, and pathologists (the doctors who conduct autopsies).

In the home, mastering dissection can help with cooking and meal preparation (both important life skills). For example, finding and removing the neck of a Thanksgiving turkey. Or quartering a chicken. Or cleaning a freshly-caught fish!

Choosing a dissection kit

Selecting the right dissection kit is entirely dependent on your goals. Invertebrate dissection kits are a simple and cost-efficient way to make biology for kids more interesting. Large animal dissection kits are appropriate for middle, high-school, and college-level biology labs.

You can use HST dissection kits for both homeschool and traditional school labs. Standard kits include animal specimens such frogs, fetal pigs, or fish. You can also choose a mammal organ dissection kit that includes organs from various animals. Or, choose single-organ kits such as cows eyes, sheep hearts, and sheep brains.

Dissection kits from HST come with the tools you’ll need to cut, separate, and pin body parts. They may include forceps, scalpels (blades and handles), scissors, teasing needles (curved and straight), rulers, and medicine droppers.

Supporting products for dissection kits include nitrile gloves, lab aprons, and dissection trays.

HST injects some specimens with dye. The purpose is to make it easier for you to find the animal’s veins and arteries.

All HST dissection kits come with guides. By using them, you’ll learn techniques for mastering dissections. The guides include photos. These photos will help ensure that you use the tools safely and correctly.

HST dissection kits save you money over buying products individually. They also save you time by assembling the products. The tools in your dissection kit are reusable. You can clean them with boiling water swabs, or another sterilizer.

Since 1994, HST has supplied thousands of dissection kits to homeschool, public, and private school students for use in their biology labs.