Auburn, Alabama —
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty has published an illustrated equine anatomy guide at the urging of veterinary students who found the current equine dissection guide frustrating because of its lack of real dissection images.
Dr. Mahmoud Mansour, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology and coordinator for large animal gross anatomy section, has authored “Equine Anatomy Guide: The Forelimb, An Illustrated Guide.” The text is co-authored with anatomy lab coordinator Ray Wilhite, whose detailed photographs are used as examples, and emeritus professors Dr. Janet Steiss, who edited the text, and Dr. Paul Rumph, who wrote a section on the horse hoof.
This guide – which outlines the forelimb including the hoof – is the first in a series of illustrated guides planned to cover the anatomy of the entire horse. The book, which is being adopted for use by Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine students, is aimed at first-year veterinary students, but will also be helpful for graduate veterinarians, students of equine science, Pony Club members and horse owners. The authors believe the book will be used by students in veterinary medicine programs across the U.S.
“The idea of writing a guide came from our freshman students some of whom were frustrated with the current dissection guide of the horse and from discussion among us as faculty for gross anatomy,” Dr. Mansour said. “Although the current guide has excellent information it has some issues,” including use of illustrated drawings versus color photo.
“There are no photographs of horses for the study of topography or full-colored images with detailed dissection are included (in the current guide), making it difficult for students to follow the dissections in a similar way, as for example, in the current guide for the small animal anatomy.
“The goal of this new text is to help the reader learn equine anatomy by viewing a series of excellent images with accompanying precise text,” Dr. Mansour said. “Most of our images are excellently done by our anatomy lab coordinator Ray Wilhite.
“He masterly did the entire prosected specimen for maximum benefit to the reader.”
The book also includes clinical work appropriate to the first-year veterinary student to introduce them to clinical practice and have practical information, including joint injections, nerve block and palpation. “The horse body is excellent for learning a lot of clinical aspects discussed in anatomy of the small animal.”
The text includes a section on the hoof written by Dr. Paul Rumph, who has more than 40 years in teaching gross anatomy. “The old adage ‘no foot no horse’ suggests that understanding the hoof is by far is most important part of the horse body,” Dr. Mansour said.
The team is currently working on publishing three more textbooks to cover the hindlimb, head and body cavities. The work on the first two is at an advanced stage. “We hope untimely to combine all three in one text and so we kept the format very similar.”
The authors would like to thank Dr. Edward Morrison, chair of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, for his encouragement and support.