Auburn Veterinary Faculty Publish Avian Anatomy Guide

Dr. Mahmoud Mansour, professor and interim head of the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology in the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, recently published his sixth book on animal anatomy to present basic avian anatomy to first-year veterinary and biology students as well as general bird enthusiasts. His latest book, published in 2020 with the collaboration of several other CVM faculty and students, is entitled Guide to Avian Anatomy Based on the Chicken (Gallus gallus).

In addition to Mansour, dissection images were provided by Dr. Dewey Ray Wilhite, anatomy lab coordinator in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology. Pia LaPorte provided raptor images and contributed the chapter on raptors, while second-year student Theresa Sosby ’22 helped edit and illustrate the 132-page book, which includes 136 illustrations and photographs.

Dr. Mansour’s five previous books, also published for veterinary and biology students in collaboration with fellow faculty members, include a four-part series: Equine Anatomy Guide: The Head and Neck; Equine Anatomy Guide: The Forelimb; Equine Anatomy Guide: Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis; and Equine Anatomy Guide: The hind limb; as well as Guide to Ruminant Anatomy: Dissection & Clinical Aspects.

The latest work, Guide to Avian Anatomy Based on the Chicken (Gallus gallus), is available through Blurb Press at

by Mike Jernigan