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Fetal Pig Dissection Lab



Dissections can be daunting- but not anymore! This thorough and engaging fetal pig dissection is perfect for an upper-level Biology or introductory Anatomy and Physiology course. Your students will love the detailed instructions, diagrams, photos, and worksheets included in this bundle! Addresses NGSS HS-LS1-2.

What’s included?

2 versions of dissection instructions:

1. Basic: Dissection instructions + explanations of structures and functions for each body system (perfect for an introduction or students needing more assistance)

2. Advanced: Dissection instructions only (perfect for a cumulative assessment or higher level, independent students)

6-page student lab packet including diagrams to label and comprehension questions (Answer key is included).


How can I use this for virtual learning?

  • Students can view the exclusive YouTube video demonstration made for this lab while completing the lab worksheet on Google Slides. This worksheet includes drag-and-drop terms for labeling diagrams and text boxes for typing answers to questions.


The lab includes student observations of both external and internal anatomy of the pig:

External Anatomy:

Gestation & Gender- age of pig, male/female

Anatomical Directions- dorsal/ventral, anterior/posterior

Basic External Structures- legs, ears, snout, etc.

Integumentary System- hair, sweat glands

Skeletal & Muscular System Overview- biceps femoris, femur


Internal Anatomy:

Endocrine System- thymus gland, thyroid gland, pancreas

Digestive System- liver, stomach, gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine, sphincters, rectum, anus

Lymphatic System- spleen

Excretory System- kidneys (renal vein/artery, cortex, medulla, renal pyramids) ureters, bladder, urethra

Respiratory System- diaphragm, trachea, larynx, lungs

Circulatory System- heart (atria/ventricles), valves, coronary blood vessels, septum, apex, valves, aorta, vena cava


*Please click on the PREVIEW link above to see actual pages. This will help you to determine if this dissection is an appropriate level for your course.*



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