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Kid’s Day, June 12, 2009

By Dr. B

Stanford’s Bio-X program, a program that supports graduate research in fields involving biology, engineering, computers and physics, hosted an afternoon of fun for children of all ages. The Department of Comparative Medicine hosted a table where Dr. B displayed here collection of skulls, bones, brains and plastinated organs, and it was a huge hit with kids and parents alike. The children were thrilled to be able to touch the permanently preserved organs, visualize the complexity of the gastrointestinal system of a horse or a sheep stomach, and compare cow, pig, and dog hearts with how they imagine their own heart would look like. The goal of our display was to expose children to the similarities and differences between human and animal anatomy and to introduce them to the idea that animals can play an important role in research for both animal and human medicine. Emily Livermore (Stanford class of 2012) assisted Dr. B with the oversight of the display table during the entire afternoon. Thanks Emily – the kids loved it!! Dr. B’s traveling anatomy show was also utilized this summer when Dr. B gave lectures to two summer programs for high school students on “Careers in Veterinary Medicine”

  • The two groups were The Stanford Summer College, and

Stanford’s Medical Youth Science Program.

Issue 2, August 2009

PreVet Club Newsletter

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