Originally Posted by StartingoverVet
A word of advice..... as far as I know, no school grades you on how "well" you do your dissection. Dissecting is a tool to learn, that is all. Way too many people get stressed out over this exact thing. At Penn anyway, you can study on anyone's specimen, so if you don't have a great dissection in one area, look at someone else's!
That is something I wish I knew first time around, I would have been much bolder in getting through the cutting part quicker, and exposing more of the specimen. Not recommending you do a complete hack job, but really nothing to be tentative about.
You are correct, and we've been told it's not the end of the world and to look at other dogs anyway since there can be some anatomic variation, like with the external thoracic artery, but it's already hard enough to have 4 people looking at one dog, trying to get more than that is just a charlie foxtrot (learned that from "The Hot Zone").