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Get the Most Out of Dissection Labs

Five Simple Steps to Success

Whether you're teaching life science, biology, AP Science, anatomy, or physiology this year -or you know someone who is- chances are there will be plenty of dissection happening in your science department this year.

Find everything you need to get started, including the widest selection of specimen options and preparations for every level of study, plus a variety of free resources and tools to make shopping and classroom application easier.

Get started with these simple solutions for everything from shopping for supplies to dissecting specimens in your lab:

1. Choose the right specimen preparation for your teaching needs.

From traditional formalin-preserved specimens, to non-formalin preserved, freeze-dried or plastinated options, there are a variety of preparation to match your quality, budget, and safety needs-so where should you start? This handy Preserved Materials Buyer's Guide lays out all your options, all in one place, to make selection simple. Find it in the pages of our catalog, or online at

2. Learn the Right Way to Use Equipment in Your Classroom.

Have you flipped through the dissection equipment section of our online digital catalog lately? If you do, you'll find short, simple, step-by-step guides for perfecting your dissection technique, from how to hold a scalpel, to using forceps like a pro. Head over there now to brush up on your skills, then brush off your tools and get started.

3. Practice Safe Dissection.

When sharp scalpels and priority forceps are in the mix, student safety is essential, beginning with proper eye and hand protection. We've included helpful guides in our Lab Safety & Supplies catalog to explain the difference between the many different types of gloves and goggles available.

Zoom in on the lower left corner of page 93 to see our five categories of eye protection and their applications. Then flip to the top of page 95 for details about our gloves.

4. Get the Picture with Illustrated Digital Dissection Guides-Free Download with Purchase.

If you're using our most popular dissection specimens-pigs, cats or frogs-you're in luck! You can now download free, medically-illustrated dissection guides online to pair with your Ward's specimen. Free with your purchase of any Ward's preserved pig, cat, or frog.

5. Learn About Specimen Preparation, Storage, and More.

Find even more answers to your toughest preserved specimen questions, including our preparation process, fixing and holding solutions, storage container options, tips for extending the shelf life of your specimens, and more. See all preserved specimen resources at

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Dissection Aprons


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Fetal Pigs - Formalin Preserved


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