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Museo de Anatomopatología

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Small museum located on the ground floor of the postgraduate building. It is a room that contains five large double showcases, inside which skeletons, organs and cuts of different animals studied in the faculty are exhibited, as well as resin organ cuts. Initially created by Dr. Manuel H. Sarvide, who was head of the Department of Pathology. Some of the pieces he fixed and assembled are still on display. The museum was expanded and consolidated by Dr. Aline Schunemann de Aluja in its new facilities in 1971, where the assembly of pieces in acrylic containers began, instead of the traditional preservation in glass containers. In 1991 the museum was installed in the postgraduate building of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics. From then on the preservation of pieces began by the technique of plastination.
Foundation date
January 1, 1938


This is a museum unique in its kind and it is one of the most complete in the American continent. It was created by Doctor Manuel H. Sarvide and amplified by Doctor Aline Schunemann in 1971. In its beginnings, the exhibition was just a little sample. Nevertheless, assemblings of pieces in acrylic material containers were started and ever since growth did not stop. In 1991, with new facilities, formal preservation of the pieces by means of plastination was iniciated.

Nowadays, this museum receives thousands of visitors every year. It exhibits organs of diverse specimens that present some sort of illness, thus cuts of animal organs may be observed, and much more.


This museum is the only one of its kind and one of the most complete in the continent. It was initially created by Dr. Manuel H. Sarvide, who was head of the Department of Pathology for many years. Some of the pieces he set and assembled are still on display.

The museum was expanded and consolidated by Dr. Aline Schunemann de Aluja when the faculty was changed to its new facilities in 1971, and where the assembly of pieces in acrylic containers began, instead of the traditional preservation in glass containers.

This museum was installed in this new location in 1991, when the new postgraduate facilities of the faculty were inaugurated. From then on, the preservation of pieces by the plastination technique began.

This museum is visited annually by hundreds of students and professors of the biological sciences and represents one of the proud of this faculty.


He was born in Mexico City in 1903 and died there in 1978. During his professional studies, the young Sarvide won the first prize for his application 5 times. He was a student of the illustrious Mexican histologist Don Isaac Ochoterena.

In 1926 he began in academic and research activities, which he exercised for 42 years, devoting himself to teaching, research and dissemination of histology and pathology.

He was a member of the vigorous generation of students from 1923-1928, which led to the achievement of university autonomy and the incorporation of the National School of Veterinary Medicine to UNAM.

He was director of our school in 3 different periods: 1935-1938, 1938-1942 and 1959-1961. Classrooms and laboratories were expanded during its management, premises for poultry, pigs and cattle were installed and the military polyclinic and laboratories where biological and pharmaceutical products are made were installed. The first motor vehicle was also acquired for student practices.

In 1941 he entered the National Academy of Medicine and in 1944 he received the title of Professor Honoris Causa awarded by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Havana, in consideration of the eminent services provided to the progress of veterinary medicine, teaching and Public health

In 1946 he was elected president of the National Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Due to his experience and preparation, in that same year he was appointed as a laboratory by the authorities of the Mexico-North American Commission for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease, an epizootic that had occurred in our country at the end of that year.

In 1947 he was in charge of representing the School at the meetings in order to discuss the construction program of the current University City.

He was a proprietary university advisor in 1947. On February 2, 1951 he was appointed as the first career professor “for the scientific and moral merits that concur in Mr. Dr. Manuel H. Sarvide, it is to be granted as an honor for the school same the title of full-time professor ”.

Dr. Manuel H. Sarvide served as head of the division of higher studies of the FMVZ.

Master Sarvide always projected his solution to the educational problem of Veterinary Medicine in Mexico, looking to the future based on his experience; in 1958 he pointed out: “Teaching must be more experimental and practical; It must be equipped with the appropriate equipment and the physical possibilities that comprehensive education requires. We need experimental farms and, above all, the organization of the Graduate School is inescapable. ”

On April 5, 1967, the school’s technical council took the first step in organizing higher education, stating: “I am sure that the university will continue to count on its hard and loyal collaboration.”

In the ceremony held on January 10, 1970, to celebrate that our school was elevated to the category of faculty, Master Sarvide’s speech reflects his thinking as a university student:

“It was not enough to create professionals capable of integrating and resolving the aspirations and needs of the country, but it was necessary to train students who have to reach professional practice interpreting the deepest possibilities of the people, in all their technical, economic, social and cultural aspects, to raise awareness of politics, to which it must be the purest and highest essence of the politics of our country. ”

“Listening, integrating, acting and solving problems is not enough. Make us hear, be understood, act educating and act, pose, create and solve problems; Here is the kind of professionals that this school esteem should prepare to fulfill what is one of the fundamental university missions ”.

The Technical Council of the Faculty, having the knowledge of his retirement, unanimously expressed:

“When you retire, you carry the satisfaction of doing compliment; it is the sunset of a radiant day in which the farmer returns home, tired but satisfied, after working at dawn opening furrows and sowing the seed ”.

“His work has helped to structure the foundations of a faculty worthy of our profession, also leaving the inheritance that will be projected to many generations; although they are aware of the great wealth they receive in inheritance and much less sacrifice made by those who, like you, made this realization possible so spontaneously and generously. ”

“The teacher’s job is to do school; all endures in the professors he formed and who now follow his work, of his ideas; for what we want to ask you to allow us to continue considering you indefinitely as an advisor to our faculty ”.

“The friend, the teacher, the university student, always receive the thanks of the Technical Council, the professors and the students of our faculty.”

As a tribute to his memory, the postgraduate and research unit of the FMVZ of the UNAM is dedicated to the teacher by par excellence and an example of a university student.

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