AP Biology Fetal Pig
Dissection Helps Prepare Students for Medical Careers
Did you know that much of a pig's anatomy is similar to human anatomy?
The dissection of the fetal pig in the laboratory is important
because pigs and humans have the same level of metabolism and have
similar organs and systems.
This is one of the reasons that Mrs. Gribbin's Advanced Placement
Biology classes annually participate in this dissection activity (which
takes about 10 --12 periods).
Students are able to witness first-hand the similarities between
pig and human anatomy.
Fetal pig dissection offers a hands on way of learning anatomy and
demonstrates variations within animal bodies as no two are exactly
alike. This dissection
activity is one of the basic building blocks for students going to
college to study nursing, sports medicine, physical therapy, physician's
assistant, dental school, medical school and many other areas of
scientific study. Many
former AP Bio students have come back to Mrs. Gribbin asking to speak to
current AP classes about how the opportunity to dissect the fetal pig
helped prepare them to understand the anatomical structures of the human
Please Note: Fetal pigs are NOT bred for dissection.
They are the byproduct of the pork industry and would be
discarded if not used for dissection.