At NAVS, our dream is that life science will one day respect all life. And when it comes to dissection alternatives, that dream is achievable here and now, in the following hands-on forms:
State-of-the art software boasts such advanced educational features as 3-D video simulations and interactive self-testing programs.
Life-like models, complete with detailed key guides, teach students the detailed anatomy of major arteries, veins, internal organs, muscle tissue, skeletal structure and more.
Reliefs (also with key guides) offer students three dimensional illustrations of anatomy.
Video simulations teach scientific principles at all educational levels, vividly examining a wide range of species including frogs, cats, rats, fetal pigs, perch, shark, earthworms, crayfish and starfish, as well as an especially appropriate species known as Homo sapiens.
Dissection alternatives are superior teaching tools, sharing common advantages over dissection specimens including the cost efficiency, safety, and – last but not least – the triumph of humane science devoid of cruelty, suffering and death.
Best of all, these alternatives are all widely available, right now. Even companies that supply once-living animals (such as Carolina Biological, Wards, and Science Kit & Boreal Laboratories) are now offering dissection alternatives. A selection of imaginative, interactive computer software can also be ordered from manufacturers like UC Davis, Froguts, Biolab and Tactus Technologies. For veterinary students, a company called Rescue Critters now showcases life-like companion-animal models. And educators shouldn’t overlook tapping into the broad array of online programs exhibiting remarkable simulations for classroom use.