Today was an oral exam. It came to me as some sort of surprise because I had no idea what I had to do. We had to locate and learn many of the muscles. This includes, the gracilis, tibialis anterior, soleous, latissimus dorsi and the internal and external obliques. We had to locate the vastus medilais on the cats' thighs. The rectus femoris and the vastus leteralis is also found on the cats thighs, The way you can tell them aprt is the rectus femoris is larger then the vastus lateralis. We then located the hamstring muscles of the cat which was the tricep femoris, semitendonosus and the semimembranosus. After locating the muscles on the cat's legs we had to move up towards the obliques. The external oblique and the internal obliques are located on the sides of the cat's body, the external part can be seen on the cat when the skin is removed from the cat's body..
The subscapularis, infraspinatus, and he spreaspinatus are all located in the same area near the cats shoulder blades. On the back we located the latissimus dorsi. After our muscle identification we were tested. He said we could only missed 2 out the 10 questions he asked us. We thought we were ready, but I don't think we were. The first time we messed up, but don't think that was the real thing. When he came back around we nailed it.
The next dissection day we got to open up the cat and observe the cat's digestive system and oral cavity. Well first of all the function of the digestive system is to break down and absorb nutrients from the food that we eat and turn it into energy that our bodies can use. It fuels the body's cells and keeps cells alive to grow and rebuild. To start our dissection we had to observe the oral cavity of the cat. We located its salivary glands, which were found near the masetter. The cat's teeth were also in the cat's mouth. The tongue on the car seemed to have some sort of fibers on it. I assume that its for there personal hygiene.