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Veterinary Anatomy Coloring Book for Animal Loving Teens

Updated on April 17, 2018
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Sherry has been writing about home, family, and pets since 2008. She enjoys retirement, traveling, reading, and honing her writing skills.

Animal Anatomy for Teenage Animal Lovers

The Saunders Veterinary Anatomy Coloring Book is excellent for teens with a keen interest and love for animals. The book is a great source for pursuing a veterinary career or even a career in illustration. The book has over 400 illustrations to introduce the teen to the bones, muscles and shapes of their beloved animal pals, whether in nature or as pets.

Handling and loving pets are the teen's first concerns, but knowing anatomy will offer a new level of regard for the pet's health needs. Young people can start to relate to the animal with a holistic approach, to learn and eventually know that all animals need food, water and clean safe environments.

Animal friends
Animal friends | Source

Who Would Benefit Using This Book

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Veterinary Student
4H Member
Young Pet Lover
Art Student
Coloring Fan of Facts

What Is Inside the Book

A coloring book can be one of the first steps in truly knowing your pet. Using the coloring book is a learning tool. One can gain knowledge of animal care and perhaps plan for a future career in animal husbandry, as a veterinarian, or animal tech. The animal types included in the pages are feline, horse, pig and avian. It is divided into seven sections that compare the related anatomical areas of each animal, so if one wants to study one animal, they would have to flip pages between the sections.

As I mentioned, the book is sectioned by anatomy. The first pages in Section 1 are devoted to the canine anatomy of the neck and thorax. Then in the following pages view neck and thorax guides for each of the other represented animals; pigs, cats, and so on. Section 4, for example, includes abdomen views of all the animals.

The anatomical pictures in the book are done by professional medical illustrators and are fun to color in. The pages are non-coated paper for easy coloring. Pencils are best because inked pens may bleed through the pages. There is prominent labeling on each page and small squares to make your own color legend. So you can get very creative with color choices if you want!

Anatomy for Artists

This book is not for the meticulous coloring enthusiast who prefers tiny shapes. Expect a lot of black line-work already included in the drawing that defines the muscle and organs, for example. Refer to the cover picture above. To round out the muscles and large areas you would shade them yourself with the colors of your choice. If you want to remain “correct,” expect to invest in several red, pink and purple colors for muscles.

The Veterinary Anatomy Coloring Book is also an excellent tool for artists who draw or paint animals. Knowing the tendons, the places of attachment and length of muscles and bones will make artwork pop with motion and reality.

Draw Animals with Confidence
Draw Animals with Confidence | Source

Where to Get the Coloring Book

There are two editions of the book at reasonable prices. Be sure to have a look online and explore the "Look Inside" features. Browse the Used books section for the best deals, but be aware that the book may already be colored in by someone else. There are copies available with very few markings in them. The older 1st edition is available for about $15 used. As a special bonus, editon 2e has an added exotic animal section, which is really great.

New books are at the big book stores. Call first to make sure your area has it, but the price might not be better than online. Let us know if you have this book and if it is a good one to purchase or not.

Veterinary Anatomy Coloring Book, 2e
Veterinary Anatomy Coloring Book, 2e

This is the 2nd addition which includes some exotic animals. Compare to other books and I believe you will find more coloring fun in the Saunder's book. That is a plus for teens enjoying an introduction to animal anatomy.


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Veterinary Coloring Book for Entry Level Students, Artists and Pet Enthusiasts

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      RTalloni 31 hours ago from the short journey

      Plan to obtain this as my little grands are growing fast. Thanks for the introduction to this valuable coloring book.

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      Zoey King 2 years ago

      i want this so much but not willing to pay full price i m trying to get it the best i can with out it being colored on

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Fascinating, coloring books are just so interesting these days.

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      AlphaChic 6 years ago

      Interesting coloring book even tho I'm not a vet.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Veterinary Coloring Book for Entry Level Students looks great and sounds so interesting. Thanks for the heads up about this Veterinary Coloring Book

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      Cheryl Paton 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I used an a human anatomy coloring book when I took an anatomy class. It can be very helpful to learning all the different parts.