A special Dissection Club session: The Adult Rat

With many girls having already participated in a number of the KYTOS dissections, including the heart and the brain, there was perhaps an even greater level of anticipation before beginning this extended session on the whole rat. We started by getting into small groups of two or three and getting all the necessary dissecting equipment; this included putting on lab coats, goggles and gloves to ensure maximum safety. In our small groups we then received a KYTOS dissection guide and a well preserved, complete rat. We began by pinning back the legs of the rat and identifying the sex, the vibrissa (whiskers) and the piperaceae (ears) before we made any incisions. To start we cut away the first la