Integumentary System

Integumentary System Tissue

  • Arterial Trimmings (ART): Connective tissue in loose pieces.  Each portion is the size of a small zip lock bag.
  • Body wall (flank)(BW): This tissue includes all tissues from the epidermis to the peritoneum.  The sheet of tissue is harvested from dorsal to ventral and from scapula to pelvis.  Included are the epidermis, dermis, adipose, fascia, and muscle.  The tissue sheet measures approximately 12”x 20” and is approximately 1” thick.
  • Body Wall Cut (BWC): This tissue is the same description as the body wall except for it being cut into smaller custom sized pieces as per client specifications.
  • Adipose (FA): Abdominal adipose which measures a ball shape with an approximate diameter of 6” in measurement.
  • Skin (SK): Epidermal and dermal layers mechanically removed.  The sheet of skin measures 10” x 20”.  Keep in mind the animal goes through a brief scalding water bath after euthanasia to remove the hair from the skin.

The Value of Animal Growth Charts in Biomedical Research

Our porcine growth chart allows clients to know the expected rate (average daily gain) of growth over time of our Yorkshire cross bred swine herd at all ages.