FishGuts is an interactive training program which has been developed to provide computer-based instruction in fish anatomy and necropsy techniques. The FishGuts program was collaboratively developed through the Aquatic Pathobiology Center, University of Maryland, by Dr. Andrew Kane.
FishGuts (version 1.0) is currently available on CD-ROM discs for both Macintosh and Windows-based personal computers.
FishGuts could be of use to anyone who would need to perform a systematic necropsy (dissection) of fish in order to prepare specimens for pathological analysis. Users include veterinarians, graduate and veterinary students, fish health managers, interns and natural resource technicians.
FishGuts was designed to reduce the learning curve for doing first-time necropsies. FishGuts may also be used to provide a good review of fish anatomy and specialized adaptations seen in fish.
The FishGuts software is divided up into five navigable sections, each with separate subsections for your perusal. Users can naviagate to the different sections and subsections from the MAIN MENU. These main menu sections include:
· How to use the program (an animated narrative)
· Program credits and resources (including bibliography)
· Differences worth knowing
(special sense organs, poisonous and dangerous fish, intraspecific
· External anatomy (channel catfish model)
· Internal anatomy (rainbow trout, bluegill and channel catfish models)
· External examination (non-lethal methods to examine a fish including anesthesia, general observations, skin scrape, gill biopsy, blood sampling, hematocrit and plasma protein, and gill function animations)
· Internal examination (sacrifice, systematic methods to dissect all organ systems and take samples for preservation and histopathology)
· This section deals with taking an organized case history specifically regarding fish.
· Weedy Sea Dragon
· Channel catfish
The simple answer is no (although we hope you will find
running the FG software "special.")
System requirements for running the FishGuts software (as with many multimedia applications) include access to a Macintosh or Intel-based computer (running Microsoft Windows) with a CD-ROM drive, 8 MB RAM, QuickTime (software to run the movies), and a 14" color monitor (640 x 480 pixels or greater). Most Macintosh computers with a CD-ROM drive are probably already "multimedia smart," and ready to use. For IBM-like computers, a sound board and video card are required to take advantage of the audio and movie portions of the program. In general, as with all multimedia CD-ROMs, more RAM and faster clock speeds (MHz) offer smoother program operation (particularly the movies).
Collaborators on the FishGuts project included Sarah Poynton
(parasitology), Robert Gray and Susan Zahorcak (multimedia design
and programming), Bruce Molsky ("old-time" banjo), John
Seebode and Victor Martin (video), David Carter and Steve Barkley
(multimedia consulting) and David Cone, Howard Evans, John Gratzek,
George Graul, Eric May, and Robert Reinert (additional media contributions
and support). FishGuts was supported, in part, by a Presidential
DRIF Award (University of Maryland at Baltimore), Benjamin Trump
and The Office of Program Development (Department of Pathology,
University of Maryland School of Medicine), The Office of Medical
Education (University of Maryland School of Medicine), a Program
Development Award from Maryland Sea Grant and an expansion award
from the Northeastern Regional Aquaculture (NRAC), subcontracted
through the US Department of Agriculture.