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Anatomical Preparation Laboratory

The Anatomical Preparation Laboratory (APL) is conceived as a service lab for the College with responsibility in instruction and in research. Under the oversight of the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and , Faculty Laboratory Coordinator, the lab is charged to supply and maintain the anatomical and pathological gross specimen needs for the instructional program (anatomy, pathology, surgery, etc.). The APL works in close concert with the Multi-Disciplinary Lab (MDL). Under the purview of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, the lab also provides space and some technical assistance for gross anatomical related research activities.

The assigned space for the Anatomy Prep Lab consists of Phase II and adjacent Phase IV areas, including a main lab with two small ancillary labs for specimen preparation and plastination; teaching specimen storage room (the “bone room”); room with freeze dryer, walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler near the MDL area; and free-standing walk-in freezer near the post-mortem laboratory of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

A. Instrumentation

  • Freeze Dryer - with 36" x 66" Chamber
  • Band Saw
  • Plastination Set-up - with freezers for acetone dehydration and forced impregnation
  • Embalming (Infusion) Pumps

B. Technical Expertise

  • Embalming and tissue perfusion
  • Bone and skeletal preparation/assembly
  • Freeze drying
  • Plastination
  • Vascular and organ casting with polymers

C. Using the Anatomical Preparation Laboratory

Faculty, residents, or graduate students wishing to use the facilities and technical assistance of the laboratory for research purposes should contact the APL technician supervisor/anatomical preparator, Pam Arnold, at 231-8992, or . Instructional needs of the College take priority in scheduling use of the lab. Also, Pam Arnold’s time commitment to research activity is very limited (currently approximately 5% of her effort), so scheduling as far in advance as possible is necessary.

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