Auburn University’s Anatomy Lab Undergoes $1 Million Renovation

The renovation focused on improving the ventilation system, among other upgrades.

Auburn University faculty cut the ceremonial ribbon on the College of Veterinary Medicine’s newly renovated Anatomy Laboratory. From left: Joe Rowe, Mahmoud Mansour, Ray Wilhite, Elaine Coleman, Dean Calvin Johnson, Paul Rumph, Satyanarayana Pondugula and Benson Akingbemi.

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine recently completed a $1 million renovation to its anatomy laboratory. The focus was to improve the ventilation system within the laboratory, which had not undergone a significant upgrade in more than a decade, according to the university.

“The goal was to create the safest dissection laboratory possible for first-year veterinary students as well as all other users and upgrade the technology within the laboratory for a thorough educational experience,” said Edward Morrison, Ph.D., head of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology. “We now have a state-of-the-art anatomy teaching lab.”

The renovations, as listed by the university, included an update to the HVAC system; a sophisticated downdraft table system with more than 40 specially-designed and individually-ventilated dissection tables; an updated digital audio visual system including touch-screen monitors, speaker system, wall mounted computer system and wireless video system; a new ceiling and lighting; and a renovated anatomical preparation area to increase storage space within the lab.

“Anatomy is pivotally important for a veterinary student’s future success,” said Elaine Coleman, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor of veterinary anatomy and neuroscience. “A veterinary students’ education begins in the anatomy lab.”

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