D. Ray Wilhite, MS, PhD

Anatomy Lab Coordinator

D. Ray Wilhite Photo


Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849



PhD, Louisiana State University, Vertebrate Paleontology, 2003
MS, Brigham Young University, Geology, 1999
BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Geology, 1995



Dr. Wilhite became the Anatomy Laboratory coordinator at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Spring of 2008. Dr. Wilhite received his B.S. degree in geology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995. He receive a Master of geology degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1999, then continued his research in geology and completed his PhD degree in vertebrate paleontology from Louisiana State University in 2003.  Before coming to Auburn, Dr. Wilhite taught historical geology and veterinary anatomy and histology at LSU and eceived the 2007 Teacher of the Year Award (given by the Class of 2010) and was awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 2003.  Dr. Wilhite works diligently to improve and enhance our Anatomy Laboratory giving first year veterinary students a firm foundation base in anatomy as they continue their career in veterinary medicine.

  • President, American Association of Veterinary Anatomists (AAVA), 2015-1017
  • SCAVMA Teacher of the Year (Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association at the College of Veterinary Medicine) – 2014

Fall Semester:

  • VMED 5111 – Veterinary Anatomy I:  All small animal gross anatomy laboratories

    • Bones of the thoracic limb and pelvic limb
    • Muscles of the thoracic limb and pelvic limb
    • Blood vessels and nerves of the thoracic limb and pelvic limb
    • Joints of the thoracic and pelvic limbs
  • Exotic Animal Anatomy elective – Coordinator

Spring Semester:

  • VMED 5121 – Veterinary Anatomy II:  All large animal gross anatomy laboratories

    • Equine Gutteral pouch
    • Equine Thoracic Limb
  • VMED 5141 – Organology of Domestic Animals:
    Lecture on the histology of the equine hoof
  • Equine Podiatry Elective
    Lecture on the equine distal limb

Research Interests


Sauropod dinosaur limb biomechanics; use of 3-D modeling to reconstruct the appendicular skeleton of sauropod dinosaurs; nature of articular cartilage in sauropod dinosaurs; nature of hyaline cartilage in mammals, crocodilians and birds to reconstruct the cartilaginous portion of sauropod limb joints; crocodilian musculoskeletal anatomy; 3-D reconstructions of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves in the equine forelimb and hind limb

Academic Areas



Publications and Links


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