UBC Courses

This table highlights the UBC courses that currently use animals or animal-derived tissues or organs. For each course, the type of use (e.g. dissection) is described and the species are listed. Non-animal alternatives relevant to each course are listed and the external websites to source the alternatives are given.

This information will be updated as new non-animal alternatives relevant to UBC courses become available. If there are either courses or non-animal alternatives that you know of that are not listed in the table below, please let us know using the contact form! We appreciate your input to this UBC community resource.

UBC CourseAnimal SpeciesActivityNon-animal optionSupplierCostWebsiteBlurbCurrently Available?Notes
APBI 311Fetal PigDissectionVirtual DissectionFroguts$3.99 USDWebsiteInteractive fetal pig dissection app for iPad/iPhoneY
APBI 311Fetal PigDissectionVirtual DissectionWhatman CollegeFREEWebsiteOnline photographs of fetal pig dissectionY
APBI 311Fetal PigDissectionVirtual DissectionBoreal Science$49.95 CADWebsiteVirtual fetal pig dissectionY
APBI 311Fetal PigDissectionFetal pig dissectogram chartWard's$27.25 CADWebsiteStep-by-step chart of dissection techniquesYNot listed on supplier's site but in online catalogue
APBI 311/312Cow (organs)DissectionCow Eye Video/DVDNebraska Scientific$89.95 USDWebsite16-min video examining parts of cow eyeY
APBI 311/312Pig (organs)DissectionPig Heart Video/DVDNebraska Scientific$89.95 USDWebsite14-min video examining structure of pig heartY
APBI 311/312Pig (organs)Concise Photographic GuidesPig Heart Photo ChartBoreal Science$15 USDWebsitePhotos of dissected pig heartY
APBI 311/312Sheep (organs)DissectionSheep Brain Video/DVDNebraska Scientific$89.95 USDWebsite22-min video of dissection of sheep brain and cranial nervesY
APBI 311/312Sheep (organs)DissectionSheep Brain Photo ChartWard's$15 USDWebsitePhotos of dissected sheep brainY
APBI 311/312/BIOL 425Cow (organs/limbs)DissectionCow Anatomical ChartLippincott Williams & Wilkins$9.95-17.95 USDWebsitePoster showing cow's organs, muscles and interior of organsY
APBI 311/312/BIOL 425Cow (organs/limbs)DissectionCow ModelMarcus Sommer Somso ModelleInquire on WebsiteWebsite1/3 life size cow model showing muscles and removable organs insideY
BIOL 140GoldfishObserving behaviour/students design experimentsNo results on Animalearn, Norina, or Interniche
BIOL 204DogfishDissectionBioLab Fish CD ROMCarolina Biological Supply CompanyOne $84.95 CAD Lab Pack of 10 $535 CAD Unlimited site license $1069.95 CADWebsiteCovers internal and external anatomy of perch, dogfish and lamprey.Interactive comparison of the fish. Students respond to questions to assess their understandingY
BIOL 204DogfishDissectionPregnant Shark ModelWard's$385 CADWebsiteLife-sized model with accuate anatomical features and identification keyY
BIOL 204DogfishDissectionAnatomy of the Shark videoCarolina Biological Supply Company$61.95 CAD+shippingWebsiteHour-long video of dogfish dissectionY
BIOL 204PigeonDissectionThe Pigeon: A Dissection GuideFilms Media Group$169.95 CADWebsiteDVD with dissection of digestive, circulatory, reproductive systems and brainY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Virtual Dissection AppPunflay$3.99 USDWebsiteInteractive rat dissection app for iPad/iPhoneY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)The Rat: A Dissection Guide DVDFilms Media Group/University of Portsmouth$169.95 CADWebsiteDVD with internal and external anatomy and systems, and a thoracic dissectionY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Altay Male/Female Rat ModelCarolina Biological Supply Company$75 CADWebsiteLife-sized model of adult rat with interchangeable male/female reproductive systemsY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Concise Dissection Chart: RatBiocam$21.95 CAD + shipping (cheaper if buying in bulk)WebsiteAn 8.5x11” chart depicting photography of a rat dissectionY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Realistic Rat ModelBoreal Science$351.87 CADWebsiteDetailed life-sized model, includes fetus in a uterus and sectioned kidneyY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)PVC-ratCarolina Biological Supply Company$600 CADWebsitePVC rat model to practice operationsYNot listed on supplier's site but same one listed on Braintree Scientific Inc.
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Rat Dissection DVDWard's$145 CADWebsiteHalf-hour narrated video of step by step rat dissection with written dissection manualY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Rat Dissection for iPadEmantras$4.59 USDWebsiteiPad app that allows dissection of a virtual rat with detailed information on the organsY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)The Rat: Practical Dissection GuideSheffield Bioscience Programs£50WebsiteVideo of rat dissection (male and female) with commentaryY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Anatomical Model of the Lab RatMicrosurgical Developments€8.48Website4x life-size model of rat with removable organs to show anatomyY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Dissected Rat ModelPaws 2 Claws$187.50 CADWebsiteRealistic rat model of showing internal anatomyY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)The Rat Stack computer programDr. Megan Quentin-BaxterFREEWebsiteComputer program showing a full dissection from different angles, plus histology slidesYContact author (Dr. Quentin-Baxter) to download
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Drylab3D RatNeotek$149 USDWebsite2D and 3D virtual reality computer program with pictures, video, tutorials, and quizzesY
BIOL 204/363/CAPS 430RatDissection, stimulating uterus (363)Dissection and Anatomy of the RatCarolina Biological Supply Company$112.25 CADWebsiteHalf-hour DVD on external anatomy and digestive, urogenital, respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systemsY
BIOL 310Betta fishObserving behaviourNo results on Animalearn, Norina, or Interniche
BIOL 363Cow's eyeDissectionVirtual DissectionExploratoriumFREEWebsiteInteractive online cow's eye dissectionY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesVirtual Dissection AppPunflay$3.99 USDWebsiteInteractive frog dissection app for iPad/iPhoneY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesVirtual DissectionFroguts$3.99 USDWebsiteInteractive frog dissection app for iPad/iPhoneYOnline subscription for entire university available for $400/year
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesVirtual DissectionNetfrogFREEWebsiteInteractive online frog dissectionY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesVirtual DissectionVirtual Frog Dissection kitFREEWebsiteInteractive online frog dissectionY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesVirtual DissectionGlencoe Interactive DissectionsUNKNOWNWebsiteInteractive online frog dissectionYContact customer service for information: customer.service@mcgraw-hill.com
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesVirtual DissectionScience Class$39.95 CADWebsiteVirtual frog dissectionY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesVirtual DissectionDigital Frog International$155 CADWebsiteVirtual frog dissectionY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesV-Frog Virtual DissectionTactus Technologies$995 for lifetime educational site licenceWebsiteVirtual frog dissectionY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesDrylab FrogTangent Scientific$178.14 CADWebsiteComputer program allowing students to explore external and internal anatomy of the frogY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesThe Frog: A Dissection GuideFilms Media Group/University of Portsmouth$169.95 CADWebsite45-min DVD looking at organ systems and unique features of frogsY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesJunior Bullfrog ModelScienceLab$548.80 CADWebsiteLarge, accurate model of dorsal and ventral anatomy of a dissected female bullfrogY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesGreat American Bullfrog ModelScienceLab$883.68 CADWebsite2x life-size model of adult female bullfrog, highly detailed showing nerves, leg muscles, heart chambers, etc.Y
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesBobbitt Frog ModelCarolina Biological Supply CompanyRegister on supplier's site for quoteWebsiteModel with dorsal and ventral dissection of female frogY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesFrog Model (male or female sold separately)Ward's$178 CADWebsiteDetailed life-sized model showing over 50 structuresY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesNet FrogUniversity of VirginiaFREEWebsiteInteractive virtual dissection tutorial available online, shows how to set up dissection, where to make incision, etc.Y
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesBioLab Frog CDCarolina Biological Supply CompanySingle License: $87.50 CAD Unlimited License: $1101.95 CADWebsiteVirtual labs hat teach internal and external anatomyY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430FrogDissection, stimulating muscles/nervesDigital Frog CDWard'sSingle License: $354.09 CAD, Site License $1625.20 CADWebsite2 CDs that provide photos, videos and narrative in an interactive dissection module, also covers ecology topicsY
BIOL 363/CAPS 430MiceObserving metabolic rate/behaviourNo results on Animalearn, Norina, or InternicheFor metabolic studies students can sometimes use themselves as subjects for studies of heart rate, respiration, blood glucose etc.