The MVZ has several preparation labs that are outfitted for dissection and preparation of many kinds of animals, including a large lab with ample space for preparing specimen skins and skeletons, a large climate-controlled chamber for our dermestid beetle colony (used for cleaning the skeletons), a walk-in cold room and walk-in -20ºC freezer, and a room for field equipment. This facility also has basic tools for construction of boxes, drilling holes in tags, etc. Access is only through the manager of the lab, Terri Barclay, or one of the Curators. There are opportunities for researchers and students to gain hands-on experience working in this lab under direct supervision of the manager or a curator.
Watch KQED's Deep Look feature on how we clean skeletons in the Prep Lab.