Ankara University Veterinary Anatomy Museum

The preparation and presentation of anatomic speciments in the Anatomy Department was initiated in 1933 within the Anatomy Section of Higher Agricultural Institute. Over the 80 years, hundres of samples are collected in the veteriarny anatomy field; while a facility for the proper storage and display of these specimens were missing leading the disposal of these collections.

In order to preserve these historical specimens and to bring forth the science behind, in 2009 a statement was signed in the Anatomy Department to build a museum inside the faculty. Prof.Dr. Merih Hazıroğlu assigned Dr. Okan Ekim for planning, technical support and sustaining this anatomy museum. In order to apply the modern techniques and develop a basis for the infrastructure, several academic personnel were assigned abroad to receive training and improving technical skills on museum formation and anatomical specimen preparation.

Later on, plastination technique which became popular with the “Body Worlds Show” was implemented in the routine for anatomical specimen preperation where and improved laboratory of plastination was founded in the department. “Anatomical Specimen Preparation Unit” was also founded in this department, providing unique works for undergraduate and graduate students. These units constitute the basis for the enrichment of display inventory.

Following the completion of all the mentioned preparations, at the 80th anniversary of the Anatomy Department, in 10 June 2013, the Anatomy Museum was officially opened for public.

The trust and support from the Ankara University Rectorates and Dean of Veterinary Medicine provided the formation of our museum to its current state. The renunciative works of the academic and administrative personnel in the department along with the faculty support personnel in the ateliers are greatly appreciated.

Academic, administrative and technical personnel for the preparation, conservation and display of the specimens in the museum are currently working in the Department as staff members. All activities in the museum are conducted all within the voluntary basis.

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