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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Jackie M Wypij, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This sturdy set of 360 flashcards on veterinary anatomy concepts include line and color drawings, dissection and specimen photographs, and images such as CT scans for comparison. Cards are color-coded by organ system and also keyed with a species-code to aid in studying.
Purpose: These flashcards provide a study aid for students using any standard veterinary anatomy textbook. Although the author states that the cards may also be used without a textbook, they will be difficult to understand without the appropriate context or definitions. These cards are an excellent source of supplemental study material.
Audience: Intended for students of veterinary anatomy, the cards will be useful primarily for veterinary or veterinary technician students, and although the dog is the primary species, comparative aspects of other species are addressed as well.
Features: Color and species coding are helpful and provide an innovative way to present the information. Beyond the standard line drawings, specimen photographs and radiographic images provide a way for students to make connections with live animals as well as clinical relevance. Although the cards cover a breadth of information, a possible shortcoming is that veterinary anatomy students may find they need to add details to the card information.
Assessment: This set of flash cards is an excellent study aid for veterinary anatomy students. Although students have been creating their own flashcards for decades, this is a ready-to-use set with color-coding, species codes, and supplemental illustrations such as dissection pictures that may be particularly valuable. Although species-specific flashcard sets are also available, this set provides a base species as well as important comparative illustrations for species variations.