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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 easier for you with a complete biology dissection kit. All HST dissection kits come with our 90-day satisfaction guarantee.
What Others Are Saying About HST Dissection Kits
“Instructions were easy to understand. Cow eye was a good specimen. It was fun to have a hands-on experience instead of watching on a video. It provided a way to learn about how an eye works. It truly is amazing! (Cow Eye Dissection Kit)”
— Carol K.
“My children (students) loved this activity. It was very easy to incorporate both a 9 year old and a 14 year old. There was not the typical smell you associate with dissection. It was a great way to dive into the parts of a brain with both of my children. (Mammal Brain Dissection Kit)”
— Jamie H.
“Awesome kit! I gave this to my 9-year-old for her birthday as she is fascinated by science especially by the brain. She was thrilled and loved seeing a real cerebellum! It was a great value and I will be buying more kits in the future. (Mammal Organs Dissection Kit)”
— Lance B.
“The kit arrived quickly and was in excellent condition! The quality of the frog was excellent and the size made it very easy to identify organs and manipulate it. We greatly enjoyed using this for our science unit on life cycle of a frog. We will continue to buy products from this site. (Frog Dissection Kit)”
— Kristin W.
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).
But more than that, the project your students work on becomes a reference point. It will help them make connections with everything they read, hear, and see in the future!
(Connections = comprehension.)
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-school, high-school, and college-level biology labs.
You can use HST dissection kits for both homeschool and traditional school labs. Standard kits include preserved specimens such as 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.
What Comes with an HST Dissection Kit?
Dissection kits from HST come with preserved dissection specimens, photographic dissection guides, and the dissection tools and supplies you’ll need to cut, separate, pin, and closely study animal body parts and anatomy. Supporting products inside our dissection kits include nitrile gloves, lab aprons, and dissection trays.
HST injects some dissection specimens with dye, making it easier for you to find the animal’s veins and arteries as you are dissecting. In sealed, original packaging, our preserved specimens are guaranteed to remain fully preserved and free of decay for six months from the date of purchase.
Using the dissection guides inside the kits, you’ll learn techniques for mastering dissections. The guides include photos, which help ensure that you use the tools safely and correctly.
The dissection tools inside are reusable and may include forceps, scalpels (blades and handles), scissors, teasing needles (curved and straight), rulers, and medicine droppers. To reuse these tools, simply clean them with boiling water swabs or another sterilizer.
HST dissection kits save you both money and time! Rather than having to buy your dissection products and supplies individually, our dissection kits provide you with everything you need - all bundled in one convenient box!
Since 1994, HST has supplied thousands of dissection kits to homeschool, public, and private school students for use in their biology labs.