Comprehensive Anatomy Research Project









Comprehensive Anatomy Research Project

Dr. M. Scott Echols has been actively practicing veterinary medicine and conducting research for over 25 years. What started as the Grey Parrot Anatomy Project in 2013 has grown into the Comprehensive Anatomy Research Project that involves studying all animals. Dr. Echols hand picks and works with researchers worldwide to help unlock the mysteries of biology with a focus on anatomy and applications in clinical medicine. He has invented numerous tools that help researchers better study anatomy.

Anatomy serves as the foundation to understanding an organism. Anatomy helps explain how and why species are adapted to their environment. A thorough understanding of anatomy is also critical to proper diagnosis and treatment of disease- a major focus of Dr. Echols. As a primary goal, Dr. Echols works with researchers that publish their work such that the community at large can benefit from the findings. The ultimate goal is to take those findings and apply them to improve animal care.

Animals entered in our studies are opportunistically obtained. That means the animals are either deceased or are being euthanized as determined most appropriate by the animal care team which often includes the attending veterinarian and caretaker. Some clinical cases (non-terminal) are entered into studies as a normal part of practice.

Animal Submissions to the Comprehensive Anatomy Research Project

Animal caretakers, including members of the veterinary team, may contact us to see if we will consider a submission. Animals are selected on several factors including their medical history, physical condition, importance of the species (common to endangered) and more. If an animal is accepted, the authorized caretaker will be provided with and must sign an animal anatomy study release form. Also, if the animal is to be humanely euthanized, a signed euthanasia form (often with the animal’s veterinarian) must also be completed and returned. In most cases, the remains will not be returned.

Researchers Interested in Participating in the Comprehensive Anatomy Research Project

Researchers, including students, may contact us if interested in designing and/or participating in a study related to animal anatomy. Limited funding may be available for some studies. However, funding should not be considered automatic and other sources will likely be needed to complete any given study.

With great respect, I want to personally thank the donors (both financial and animal donations) and researchers who have participated in studies with me. Without your support, none of this would be possible. Together, we can make great advances and improve animal care worldwide.


Scott Echols, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)