THE VIVIT EXPERIENCE
The VIVIT Experience is a rigorously academic contextualised human body dissection. VIVIT is a semi-synthetic human cadaver, an artificial bespoke cadaver built and designed by Samuel Piri and the ITAE Group. VIVIT uses anatomy of spent swine origin to teach how the human body functions. Students will see, touch and feel the dissection of the major anatomical cavities and there organs and organ systems. Supported by real cadaveric imagery Sams' team of human anatomists and clinical pathophysiologists will demonstrate human anatomy like never seen before!
"Sam & his team give a very polished experience, they clearly know their anatomy which allows them to be very informative and are able to engage an audience"
Talent Bank, Swansea University Medical School
The VIVIT Experience provides the rare opportunity to participate in a live post mortem experience. Using VIVIT –the world’s only semi-synthetic human cadaver, our team will take you and your students on a journey through the human body like never before.
A body have been found in suspicious circumstances in a local river. The police and forensics have recovered the body and the coroner has ordered a complete post mortem to identify the cause of death.
The procedural approach
Our procedural approach sets out the methodology behind cadaveric dissection including the anatomical positions, planes of dissection as well as cavity and en-bloc examination of a specimen.
In this session we will carry out the same initial examinations to the specimen conducted in a post mortem, students will see how the superficial surface is examined for evidence, how toxicology and hair samples are obtained as well as other fragments are gathered from the fingers, nails and clothing. Through problem based learning we will refer back to the police report to help us identify plausible theories of what happened to the male before he entered the water within the scope of the evidence available.
Post mortem dissection
The post mortem dissection is broken into three main sections structured around the three anatomical cavities. The bulk of the time will be spent systematically working through the cranial, thoracic and abdominal-pelvic cavities to identify, examine and dissect the organ specimens to learn more about their anatomical structure, and in the case of this male record any findings/abnormalities relevant to the case.
The cranial cavity
Students will conduct the dissection of a real head and neck specimen, dissected in the sagittal plane by our team exposing the intricate structures of the viscerocranium and calvarium. Working with our team students will be guided through complete extraction of the brain and spinal cord to observe the major structures, a dissection of the cranial meninges as well as the eye and optic nerve to see the optic chiasm, orbit and cranial nerves. Students will see the nasal cavity and conchae as part of the dissection.
We will examine the specimen in the context of our post mortem imitating the dissection and anatomical skill to develop students understanding of the in-situ structure of the major organs and their physiological function.
The thoracic cavity
As we examine our subjects thorax students will initially learn about the anatomy of the thoracic cage and pleural membranes. We will begin by dissecting out the subjects mediastinum and oropharynx to examine the tongue, larynx and epiglottis, moving inferiorly students will conduct a sagittal dissection of the trachea identifying the carina and primary bronchi. Following this students will open the lung parenchyma to observe the full structure of the bronchial tree. We will examine our patients airway covering the functionality of the muco-ciliary escalator, gas exchange in the alveoli as well as COPD and pneumothorax.
Moving medially we will examine the architecture of the heart and gross anatomy of the greater blood vessels. Your students will conduct a pathology style dissection to clearly see the chambers, valves and coronary network. Following the dissection we will check the patients anatomy for evidence of myocardial infarction as well as angina. We will cover the interpretation of chest X-rays as well as supporting blood assays to help determine whether pathologies of the heart can be attributed to cause of death.
The abdominal-pelvic cavity
A rare opportunity to see the complete gastrointestinal tract removed and dissected, during this examination you will see the stomach, pancreas, liver & gall bladder, duodenum, jejunum, ilium, colon and rectum. We will cover the transition of food through the tract, the production of Hydrochloric acid, stomach anatomy and ulcers, the production of bile, the anatomy of the gall bladder and liver as well as the the pancreas and ampulla of vater. Your students will see the anatomy of the fore, mid, hind gut and peritoneum. We will examine the flora of the GI tract as well as various pathologies that may have contributed to the cause of death.
Boost your anatomical knowledge and establish the cause of our subjects death.
The VIVIT Experience is available in three tiers of complexity aimed at students and professionals at different stages in their academic journey .
Each experience includes:
Anatomical specimens, Anatomical workbook pack, Plastic gloves, Protective hats, Protective masks, Protective aprons, Alcohol hand gel
"Every student should learn anatomy like this"
Lead Surgeon, University of Cambridge, UK
2019-20 Event Prices
We dont apply fuel charges to any of our event programmes* across Great Britain.
Direct Booking Prices
BTEC L3 students
Introductory anatomy and physiology linked to BTEC units and GCSE curriculum
60 - £1795
80 - £2105
100 - £2855
A Level students
Access courses and diplomas
A Level matched content for Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
Anatomy and physiology bridging to level 4 undergraduate.
60 - £1795
80 - £2105
100 - £2855
Practicing NHS Professionals
Graduates and Undergraduates.
In depth graduate and undergraduate anatomy and physiology as well as analysis and assays
Clinical links to current practices
60 - £2388 inc VAT
80 - £2800 inc VAT
100 - £3500 inc VAT
All direct booking events include printed literature, basic PPE kits and access to our online human cadaveric image bank. Prices may be subject to VAT at the standard rate depending on the status of the institution.
*Excludes Northern Ireland which is subject to ferry crossing charges.
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Participating in a live post mortem brings alive the learning of anatomy and physiology, to date of 100,000 students learning in the UK have taken part in our hands on dissection based events with 88% of participants surveyed. When asked about the vale of the experience 95% of respondents agreed the learning was an invaluable part of their wider learning. 96.8% of respondents would recommend the experience to other students.
The VIVIT Experience has been produced and written by the UK’s leading anatomical specialists with current PHD researchers, doctors, anatomists and teachers all contributing the content and delivery. This ensures the academic content is up-to-date and relevant for students today. We deliver training in over 10 NHS England trusts and train over 20,000 NHS students each year ranging from medical students, nurses, midwives to paramedics and biomedical scientists. All of our team have extensive experience in real human body dissections and our team conduct two full human body dissections on an annual basis to keep their dissection skills quite literally, cutting edge!
If you are a teacher or lecturer and interested in taking Anatomy & Physiology to the next level email our academic team at
or call 01827 230610.