Vol 74, No 4 (2015)
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Published online: 2015-11-27

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Acceptance of the bodypainting as supportive method to learn the surface locomotor apparatus anatomy of the horse

R. Senos, M. S. Ribeiro, K. de Souza Martins, L. V. Pereira, M. F. Mattos, J. R. Kfoury Júnior, M. R. Rodrigues
DOI: 10.5603/FM.2015.0023
Pubmed: 26620513
Folia Morphol 2015;74(4):503-507.


Although bodypainting has been reported as a great resource for teaching surface anatomy of humans, its use in veterinary anatomy has not been scientifically reported. In the present study, bodypainting was performed on 4 horses for anatomy teaching purposes of the equine locomotor apparatus. We aimed to use the bodypainting method as an additional tool to classic teaching and to test the relevance of our purpose. Twenty one Brazilian veterinary students were given a 90-min session, which included a presentation of painted horses, with opportunities for the students to ask questions and to palpate anatomic locations on the horses. Based on a questionnaire, there was unanimous student satisfaction with this technique. Furthermore, student scores on practical tests to evaluate the attention retain given immediately before and 1 h after the session were 33.9 ± 19.8% and 69.0 ± 18.4%, respectively (p < 0.001). We concluded that bodypainting has great potential for support the classic lectures of the equine locomotor apparatus.