Auburn Veterinary Medicine Faculty Publish Third in Series of Equine Anatomy Guides

Faculty members from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine have published the third anatomy guide in a four-book series detailing equine anatomy. The book is titled, “Equine Anatomy Guide: The Head and Neck, an Illustrated Guide.”


The book is authored by Dr. Mahmoud Mansour, professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, who is also coordinator of the large animal gross anatomy section. Dr. Janet Steiss, professor emerita, edited the book and compiled the book online for private publication. Dr. Paul Rumph, professor emerita, authored the chapter covering the teeth, blood vessels and nerves. Dr. Dewey “Ray” Wilhite, coordinator for the gross anatomy laboratory, contributed to the dissections and images throughout the book.

Past equine anatomy guides have contained only black and white images, and Dr. Mansour designed the style of his guides to include colorful, detailed illustrations to help students understand equine anatomy more effectively.

This is the third in a series of books on equine anatomy. The first two books covered the forelimb and hind limb, respectively. This book on the head and neck contains 142 illustrations in 90 pages. This book is a dissection guide for veterinary students but will also be helpful to practicing veterinarians in mixed and large animal practice and clients for visualization.

This series of guides is available in all veterinary libraries worldwide, and Dr. Mansour hopes it will become the new standard of equine anatomy guides.

The fourth and final book, focusing on the body cavities of the horse, is set to be published at the end of next year. When finished, the four books will cover the entire horse’s anatomy.

Several veterinarians contributed to the book’s success, including Dr. Carol Akers, Junction, Texas, for many photographs on the teeth; Dr. Fred Caldwell, an equine veterinarian at Auburn for endoscopy images; and Dr. Phillip Garrett, retired Auburn anatomy professor, for illustrations of the teeth.

For more about the book, visit For more information on the previous book in the series, visit

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