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Gypsum kids dissecting cats

Cindy Ramunno
Kira Horvath/Vail DailyMike Smith, 18, left, and Scott House, 16, cut into their cat's sternum and spread the rib cage as they dissect their specimen, named Garfield.

GYPSUM Eagle Valley High School students who are enrolled in Christy Voelkers sports medicine class have an interesting ongoing assignment. In the past few weeks, the class has been dissecting cats, while studying the muscular and skeletal systems and how the two work together to perform motion. This year, I added this because its a really cool experience to actually see what the muscle tissue and the different organs look like, Voelker said. It is much different than looking at a lot of diagrams in a book.

The college-level course is for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in a medical field or who just have an interest in the topic. Physical therapist Brady Baker, from Howard Head Sports, also spends two days a week lecturing the class on the anatomy and structure of the body. This is the first trimester of the course. The second trimester deals with the pathology of the body and what happens when a body is recovering from an injury.We compare the structure of muscles between cats and humans. Its pretty sweet, senior Bear Barkman said.The cats are donated for educational purposes and come from a bio-tech company. The process is very similar to how human choose to donate their organs and bodies. It is obviously for a good cause, and the students really enjoy it, Voelker said.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

Amy Thompson, 17, left and Miranda Aragon, 16, were surprised to find a fetus inside their cat while dissecting during their sports medicine class at Eagle Valley High School.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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