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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 in college.


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.





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