Dissection Workshop - Stillborn Piglet

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University of Sunshine Coast Gympie Campus

71 Cartwright Rd

Gympie, QLD 4570

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Meet Miss Vivi Section - she's your Dissection Connection! Dissection Connection sources and supplies outstanding dissection specimens for schools, universities and medical professiona development.

This workshop afternoon is aimed at secondary school teachers and lab techs and will focus on a stillborn piglet specimen which is suitable to use in teaching any of the body systems core units of the Australian National Curriculum. The workshop will include a hands on dissection as well as an introduction to anatomical colouring-in resources as teaching tools.

With most of the Uni's closing or downscaling their animal breeding houses it has become very difficult to secure a good supply of rats for dissection. The sensible and ethical alternative is a stillborn piglet from Dissection Connection.

The piglet specimens supplied by Dissection Connection are sourced from farms breeding pigs
for meat production. It is often the case that when the breeding sows have very large litters
there are a number of piglets that don't survive birth. These stillborn piglets are usually collected and disposed of by the farm. All the surviving progeny are healthy and raised for slaughter in the usual manner. Dissection Connection has arranged for the stillborns to be collected and frozen on the day
they are born. This means that we are diverting a waste stream from the farms into classrooms for dissection before they are disposed of.

The piglets are not euthanased for use as a specimen. A surviving piglet is worth much more to the farmers as a product so there is no inducement to euthanase piglets to sell as specimens. As a diverted waste product piglets do not require special animal ethics approval to be used for dissection in the classroom.

They are less smelly, cheaper, closer to human anatomy than a rat and aren’t being bred just to be euthanased for science, so each piglet used in the classroom represents a rat that hasn’t had to be put down. We do not endorse the use of rats and mice sourced from the pet food industry as no ethical or health standards are applied to the practices of the breeders or suppliers.

The session will be focused on giving teachers the knowledge and confidence to enrich their lessons, giving lab technicians the tools to assist and support their teaching colleagues with incorporating specimens like these into their lesson plans and, in the long run, engaging students more by enriching their learning.

Cost of the workshop is $30 per peron to cover perishable specimens and room hire. Each participant will also receive a certificate of participation to include in their professional development dossier.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your hands on our pound of flesh. I look forward to
meeting you 'in the flesh' and hope we can deliver a workshop to remember.

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University of Sunshine Coast Gympie Campus

71 Cartwright Rd

Gympie, QLD 4570

Australia

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Dissection Connection has been supplying Australian schools and universities with quality
dissection specimens for 3 years now.  Our focus as a business has always been on
facilitating student learning and fostering their interest in science and health by making it
easier for teachers and lab technicians to source dissection specimens worth putting into the
classroom.  We have grown by being asked to source new and interesting products by
teachers for their classes.  We now stock a wide range of items suitable for teaching almost
any body system in science or health and physical education classes.

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