Gestating rat anatomy with uterus

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rat gestation anatomy plastination

Sectional anatomy of a gestating female rat with fetusus visible in the uterus. Rat and rodent organ anatomy: liver, lung, heart, intestines. Vena cava cranialis and caudalis (compare Vena cava superior and inferior in humans) all the way to the vena jugularis, etc. Available in the shop.

Outlet offer information

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Bovine foot anatomy plastination

What is a Research Outlet Plastinate?

Many plastinates are being prepared with a scientific focus on investigating and documenting anatomical structures. If the goal is a specific anatomical detail, such a project might result in a number of specimens all visualising the requested detail in a perfect way but taking minor care of other critera like the surface and egdes of the specimen, allowing slightly more gas and debris inclusions and maybe even grinding artefacts in areas that are not in the focus of the investigation. After the documentation of the visible details these plastinate are kept in stock and can be offered as outlet plastinates.


What can I expect from an outlet offer?

All offers fulfill the good standards of plastination and anatomical preparation and allow investigation of anatomical details. I recommend taking a close look at the description image. If present in the specimen, you will be able to recognise any major gas or debris inclusions, preparation artefacts, etc. Also take a look at the outside shape and surface of the specimen. In the text you will find information about the approximate thickness.

Can I return outlet offers?

Yes, you can return outlet items within 1 month (only download files are excluded). Please inform me within 1 month after you will have received the plastinate. As soon as I receive the returned item you will get a full money refund including the shipping charged in the shop. You only have to pay the cost for the return postage. I recommend insured registered mail for returning items.

Bovine foot example:

This example of a cow foot sheet plastinate will show you a typical outlet offer:

On first sight you see a normal bovine claw section. The type of prepation is a TTT-sheet plastinate “sheet” without acrylic, cut in square shape. Taking a closer look you find on the one hand that there is an excellent visualisation of vascularisation patterns, tendons, cartilage, horn structures, hair, etc. On the other hand you can find that the navicular bone is partially missing and the upper growing region of the claw horn wall is also not properly visible. Furthermore there are quite significant micro-cracks in the bone corticalis. The net price of this outlet offer is 42,- EUR instead of 159,- EUR for a regular plastinate. Obviously this specimen would not be well suitable for explaining all relevant anatomical details in a perfect way as this would be done in a university anatomy class. Still, this plastinate provides an excellent insight and show the general complexity of the cow claw plus a large number of fascinating and relevant details like the P3 microsvascularisation, tendon and cartilage details, etc.

Bovine foot anatomy plastination

Bovine foot anatomy plastination

Flex moulage casts of the equine hoof for anatomical instruction


Moulage cast of the equine digit

Flexible rubber material for better insights and instructional use.
Hand coloration for even more realistic look and easier recognising of structures
Horse hoof slices are available in thickness from appr. 3 to 30 mm. Thinner specimens are more flexible.

Flex moulage casts are the latest invention to present the anatomy of the horse hoof in a way that makes horse owners understand the specific problems of the equine digit. In the beginning freeze-dried hoof slices and semi-sectioned hooves were the only available instructional aids. With their characteristic smell and pseudo-realistic appearance they often had a more shocking than instructional effect on the horse owner. Sheet plastinates of the hoof have a completely different appearance. Horse owner love them for their beauty and often consider them as pieces of art. Their only disadvantage is a lack of 3-dimensional insight (find many examples in the picture gallery EQUINE ANATOMY at Furthermore it was often requested to provide an anatomical model that allows you to move its different structures a little bit and allow you to investigate hidden details of the horse hoof anatomy.

Please take a look at the flex moulage casts as shown below. We consider a combination of sheet plastinates, high resolution anatomical picture prints and the new flex moulage casts a perfect fit for the needs of anyone who needs to explain the anatomy and pathology of the hoof to a horse owner.

You can find similar casts offered in my Etsy shop in the EQUINE ANATOMY section.

Flex moulage cast of other species and maybe even of the human anatomy will follow soon.



Strange anatomical structures in the hoof corium of the horse

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Suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone P3
Suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone P3
Detail view of the suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone
Detail view of the suspensory apparatus of the equine pedal bone
Horse hoof plastinate with distal phalanx (P3), hoof corium and wall.
Horse hoof plastinate with distal phalanx (P3), hoof corium and wall.
Detail view of the structure which might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in the horse hoof
Detail view of the structure which might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in the horse hoof

High resolution anatomical photographs of SI-Sheet plastinates of the hoof show structures which reach vom the coffin bone into the hoof corium. These might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx. I had discussed with Chris Pollitt in the past whether it would be possible to visualise the mesocopic details of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in sheet plastination specimens. With the help of the SI (Selective Impregnation) – method it might be possible.

I will examine more hoof plastinates and check whether these structures can be found in all hooves or if they might be a result of hoof disease like eg. laminitis. Meanwhile I am looking forward to your comments and ideas.

You can also find this picture in slightly higher resolution together with many other interesting pictures of the horse hoof anatomy in the Equine anatomy gallery at the HC Biovision website.

Rabbit teeth anatomy – why do tooth problems cause eye and nose symptoms?

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Rabbit teeth anatomy

Length of rabbit front teeth in the jaws.

Anatomical photographs provide detailed insights

Real anatomical sheet plastinate of a rabbit head

Rabbit teeth reach very far into the jaws. They end close to the eye and nose cavity. This is why teeth problems in rabbits can be misinterpreted as eye disease or infection of the nose. The real anatomical plastinate of the rabbit head allows better understanding of the topography of the rabbit teeth and other structures of the head. The real plastinated specimens and the high resolution scientific photographs can be also found as Detail Vision Offers in Etsy: Rabbit head sheet plastinate and photographs in Etsy

Horse hoof anatomy preparation – new plastination technique

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Equine hoof anatomy teaching specimen
Prototype embedded silicone plastination hoof slice

A new kind of embedded silicone plastination specimen. It combines the realistic 3-dimensional vision of anatomical details in silicone plastination with the attractive and convenient hands-on approach of embedded specimens

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