Recently I've asked my Instagram followers to share their favourite veterinary anatomy textbooks. I got such great recommendations and requests to share them, that I have decided to compile these resources with my own favourite anatomy atlases, and produce a non-exhaustive list of some of the most useful works out there. 

Whether you are a veterinarian, a student, or a medical artist in need of reference materials, I hope this list can be useful to you. 

Disclaimer: The book previews are for illustrative purposes only, and do not reflect an endorsement of a publisher over others. Do check what is the latest edition of each reference and what is the publisher available in your country/langugage.

   Updated Aug 2020


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/ textbooks covering several Domestic animal species
1.  Veterinary Anatomy of Domestic Mammals: 
Textbook and Colour Atlas
by Horst Erich König, Hans-Georg Liebich

This is such a great veterinary anatomy bible, covering the most important topics in a multi-species approach. The text is aided by beautiful and clear anatomical illustrations and dissection photographic references.
2. Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy
by Raymond R. Ashdown, Stanley H. Done

An excellent veterinary anatomy atlas! It is low on text and full of well-labeled dissection pictures and corresponding schematic explanatory illustrations. You will find several volumes about ruminants, horse and dog.
3. Illustrated Veterinary Anatomical Nomenclature
by Oskar Schaller, Gheorghe M. Constantinescu

I have loved this textbook ever since I was a veterinary student. This is a true, pure anatomy atlas, packed with illustrated references of a very exhaustive list of anatomical terms. This is my go-to book, whenever I am in need of an obscure visual reference that I am not able to find elsewhere.
4. Dyce, Sack, and Wensing's Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy
by Baljit Singh

Another great anatomy bible. It includes a lot of great coloured illustrations, photographic and radiographic references. It also includes less common domestic species, not usually featured in other textbooks, such as pigs or camelids.
5. Sisson and Grossman's: The Anatomy of the Domestic Animals
by Robert Getty

This was one of the textbooks I used during my veterinary studies. A real anatomical bible with thorough descriptions of the different systems, and a good selection of schematic and realistic illustrations and photos. It includes two volumes and is organised by domestic species – from carnivores, to horses, ruminants, pigs and birds.
6. Anatomie comparée des mammifères domestiques
by Robert Barone
(in French only)

Another anatomy textbook I used as a veterinary student. Just like Sisson's, it is very complete with descriptions of the different systems, and a great selection of clear, black and white illustrations. It exists only in French.
7. The Anatomy of the Domestic Animals: Volume 3, 
The Circulatory System, The Skin, and the Cutaneous Organs of the Domestic Mammals
by A. Schummer, H. Wilkens, B. Vollmerhaus, K.-H. Habermehl

I find this a great resource for comparative anatomy, especially for the circulatory system. The text is common for all domestic animal species, which is very effective in highlighting the differences between them. The illustrations are really well rendered, displaying a very high level of detail, even for smaller blood vessels. 
/ textbooks covering NEcropsy techniques
1. Veterinary Necropsy Manual
[Manual de Necrópsia Veterinária]
by Maria da Conceição Peleteiro
(in Portuguese only)

I had the pleasure of being involved in creating the illustrations for this great manual. It is targeted at both general practitioners and students, and describes, in a concise and direct manner, necropsy techniques for really a broad range of species – from domestic animals, such as dogs, horses or ruminants, to exotic pets, and lab species.
2. The Dissection of Vertebrates
by Gerardo De Iuliis, Dino Pulerà

A very good, and beautifully illustrated, manual, describing dissection techniques of several vertebrate species. The advantage of this book is the selection of animal species, which are usually hard to find in other similar books – from frog, cat, and pigeon, to shark and even lamprey!
© Diogo Guerra. 2020
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