New home for Veterinary Anatomy Collection
The Veterinary Anatomy Collection has moved from its former home on Flemington Road to state-of-the-art teaching facilities located on basement level 1 of the newly opened WEBS building on Royal Parade. Specimens are now located in the Object Based Learning Area (OBLA) and in display cases surrounding the informal learning area on this level. These specimens have been developed by the Vet School or have been donated from a range of other collections, both within and external to the University, and include preserved tissues in pots, bones, articulated skeletons and models. New specimens continue to be developed in the Anatomy laboratory, based on donated tissues. It is intended that 3D printing for model construction will be further utilised in the future.
While the current arrangement of specimens is largely based on body systems, it is intended that displays will change with teaching requirements and as new specimens are developed. Specimens are taken from the displays for use in anatomy classes and students are also encouraged to enter the OBLA during class time to view relevant displays. The OBLA is a dedicated study space for the use of Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences students who undertake anatomy studies, however many of the displays can be viewed from the informal learning area outside this room. The design of these spaces was undertaken by Hassell architects, under the direction of Dr Christina Murray and the veterinary anatomy teaching team.
Image: WEBS Object Based Learning Area showcasing the Veterinary Anatomy Collection