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Ward’s Preserved Specimens

Which Preparation is Right for You?

Compare all five of our preparation options to find the features that meet your needs. Click below each image for more details and to shop specimens.


Compare At-A-Glance
Preparation Formaldehyde Level Appearance, Injections, Ease of Use Packaging Options Additional Benefits

FormalinFormalin

Highest Quality for Dissection

  • Lowest levels of formaldehyde to achieve maximum results – as low as 1%
  • Meets or exceeds OSHA standards

n/a

  • Most true-to-life dissection experience
  • Fully-fixed
  • Firm, sterile, thoroughly-preserved

Best

  • Widest selection of packaging options
  • Available in pails or vacuum packs

Best

Ward'SelectWard’s Pure Preserved(*NEW*)

100% Student-Safe, Zero Formalin Odor

  • Zero Formalin Odor
  • 100% free of acetone and glutaraldehyde

Best

  • Clear differentiation of organs and structures
  • Superior Presentation Quality

Best

  • Teacher favorites available in all packaging options

Better

  • Certified non-toxic and non-irritating
  • No stinging or unpleasant odor
  • Ward’s Science Exclusive Prepared in-house by Ward’s Science preserved materials technicians
  • +US Backed by Ward’s Science Plus Us expert support

Form-FreeForm-Free

Economical & Student-Safe

  • 100% formalin-free

Best

  • Firm, fully-fixed
  • Variety of preparations

Better

  • Variety of packaging options
  • Available in pails or vacuum packs

Best

Freeze-DriedFreeze-Dried

Cost-Effective & Long-Lasting

  • Chemical-free

Best

  • Organs and tissues retain natural coloration
  • Easy re-hydration; includes step-by-step instructions

Good

  • Lightweight packaging for lower shipping costs

Good

  • Unlimited shelf life in the dried state
  • Rehydrated specimens can last for months in the classroom
  • Ward’s Science Exclusive Prepared in-house by Ward’s Science preserved materials technicians
  • +US Backed by Ward’s Science Plus Us expert support

PlastinatedPlastinated

Permanently-Preserved for Easy Demonstration

  • Chemical-free

Best

  • Real biological specimens, preserved and permanently plastinated
  • Ideal for research, demonstration , and display
  • Vivid color, life-like experience

Good

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  • Widest selection of plastinated species available from any supplier
  • Durable, dry, odorless, free of off-gassing
  • No special ventilation or handling required
  • +US Backed by Ward’s Science Plus Us expert support