Dissection classes in the age of COVID-19: How To Achieve Excellence in Online Anatomy Education

COVID-19 restrictions like school closures, online teaching, and social distancing have led to significant challenges for teachers who rely on hands-on, lab-based activities like dissection. We're here to help! We have developed a comprehensive Humane Science Education Program that will help guide you in how to teach animal and human anatomy without using animal specimens, so that you can easily transition to socially distanced or online education. Non-animal teaching methods, like virtual anatomy tools, have some important benefits. They are 1) better for education (as shown by empirical, peer-reviewed studies), 2) cost-effective for schools, 3) safer and more inclusive for students, and 4) the greener option. In this interactive, fun workshop we'll explore some of the amazing non-animal teaching options that are available, walk you through our HSE Program materials, show you how to design your own classes (for both in-person and online education) using non-animal teaching methods, and answer any other questions you have about making the switch from real animal specimens to innovative non-animal methods.

Target Audience

Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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  • Canadian Society for Humane Science
    Elisabeth Ormandy

    Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy’s academic background in neuroscience and animal behaviour/welfare/ethics has driven her passion to critically evaluate the use of animals in science, and to promote the replacement of animals as best scientific practice. In 2015, she co-founded, and is current Executive Director of the Society for Humane Science – a Canadian registered charity that promotes better science without animals. Elisabeth serves as an advisor to the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods, the Canadian Council on Animal Care, and the Humane Education Coalition. In addition to these roles, Elisabeth is an instructor in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia.