D. Vladova1*, D. Yovchev2, R. Dimitrov2, M. Stefanov1, P. Hristov3
1Department of Morphology, Physiology and Animal Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria 2Department of Veterinary Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria 3Student of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Trakia University, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
Abstract. The New Zealand White rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is bred as a laboratory animal, pet and last but not least for meat production. It is prone to accumulating a lot of fat and muscle. The aim of the study is to examine the morphological nearness of the myocardial coronary branches with adipocyte depots in rabbits by means of optical microscopy. Histological preparations were made from the walls of rabbit hearts and were studied through light microscopy. The spread of adipose tissue along the coronary branches in the cardiac muscle was examined. Subepicardially the coronary branching is attended by vast fat depots. However, intramurally it is free from adipocytes.