Gavin Burland

Plastination Expert & Taxidermist

Project: She only barks at night

Gavin Burland completed a BSc in Human Anatomy and Zoology in 2002 and gained five years experience as a Museum Prepator where he practiced the arts of dissection and plastination and employed museum plotting techniques as well as learning human anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

He has seven years experience working as the Scientific Officer at the Faculty of Vet Science in the University of Sydney. Gavin transferred his skillset learned from medicine to vet science. He manages the technical operations within the anatomy area at the Vet School where he oversees all aspects of the work done – from embalming large and small animals, to the dissection of specimens, the production of plastinated specimens and the production and maintenance of museum potted specimens.

Gavin is currently Vice President of the Australasian Institute of Anatomical Sciences (AISAS) and is considered one of the leading plastination experts in Australasia.