IN PICTURES: Blackpool students dissect pig head, lungs and heart in live operating theatre

Aspiring surgeons at a Blackpool college put their scalpels - and stomachs - to the test as they dissected animal carcasses to expand their medical knowledge.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 1:25 pm
Updated Friday, 8th March 2019, 2:28 pm
Equipped with gloves, face masks and hair nets, they examined the remains of a pig carcass, including the head, heart and lungs.
Equipped with gloves, face masks and hair nets, they examined the remains of a pig carcass, including the head, heart and lungs.

Students at Blackpool Sixth Form College took part in the day-long course they won’t soon forget on Wednesday to further their understanding of human anatomy and pathology.

The unique teaching experience was organised by Operating Theatre Live, which hopes to inspire future medics, vets and dentists.
Jo Sheldon, from Operating Theatre Live, said: We felt that the practical aspect of experiencing real dissection was lacking so much in schools and this gives students a great opportunity to get hands on.

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Only five medical universities in the country offer dissection on human cadavers in medical training and often students learn most of their understanding from textbooks."
This really engages students to see anatomy close up and learn in a practical way they dont often get to do.
A spokesman for Blackpool Sixth Form said the students had been learning in detail about anaesthetics and anatomy.
Blackpool Sixth Form student Emily Garbett, 16, from Fleetwood, said: It gives you a lot of experience and its quite an interesting insight getting stuck into the practical aspect.
Its a fun experience and its the first time time Ive done something like this this and its interesting to see how everything looks under the skin.