Journal of
Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health

  • Abbreviation: J. Vet. Med. Anim. Health
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2529
  • DOI: 10.5897/JVMAH
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 348

Short Communication

Use of formalin and modified gravity-feed embalming technique in veterinary anatomy dissection and practicals

Itopa E. Ajayi
  • Itopa E. Ajayi
  • Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, Nigeria.
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James C. Shawulu
  • James C. Shawulu
  • Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, Nigeria.
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Abdurrahman Ghaji
  • Abdurrahman Ghaji
  • Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, Nigeria.
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Gabriel K. Omeiza
  • Gabriel K. Omeiza
  • Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, Nigeria.
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Okwoche J. Ode
  • Okwoche J. Ode
  • Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Abuja, Nigeria.
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  • Article Number - 8CAC9673644
  • Vol.3(6), pp. 78-81, October 2011
  •  Accepted: 19 September 2011
  •  Published: 31 October 2011

Abstract

Gravity feed embalming technique was used to preserve cadavers for teaching of gross anatomy and practicals. Six white Fulani cattle were used. The gravity feed technique was employed to embalm through the right common carotid artery. The right external jugular vein was used to drain blood from the vascular system concurrently. Complete embalming was achieved in about 10 h using an embalming fluid constituted of a combination of 10% formalin, phenol and glycerine. The technique demonstrated cost efficiency and reliability as there was minimal tissue and organ distortion.

Key words: Gravity-feed technique, embalming, formalin, veterinary anatomy dissection.