VETERINARY COLLEGE ENDS INDEFENSIBLE KILLING OF HEALTHY DOGS
this academic year, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) will end the training
of students through terminal surgeries which have taken the lives of hundreds
of healthy dogs. The termination of these animal experiments, and their
replacement by models, cadavers and supervised clinical learning opportunities
with shelter animals, was announced September 10, 2010 on the OVC website
following a sustained campaign. The process of change began in 2009 with
a friendly beagle, Rainbow, who was one of the OVC dogs whose fate was to
be killed after surgical practice.
Yushchenko, InterNICHE National Contact Assistant and then veterinary student
at OVC, conscientiously objected by refusing to participate in the killing
of an otherwise healthy dog. With the help of Dr. Olivier Berreville, InterNICHE
National Contact for Canada, and lawyer Nick Wright, Dr. Yushchenko fought
for her right to a veterinary education free of harmful animal use. In the
process, Dr. Yushchenko was able to save Rainbow’s life, and placed
her in a loving home. Following this achievement, a collaborative effort
between InterNICHE and Animal Alliance led this year to the rescue of several
other dogs, and the subsequent decision by OVC to eliminate terminal surgeries.
“We congratulate the Ontario Veterinary College and Guelph University
for stopping outdated, cruel terminal surgeries and for choosing to join
the increasing number of universities and colleges worldwide that now use
modern, ethical methods to teach their students”, says Berreville.
“We will strive to provide any help needed by the OVC to ensure that
the new curriculum and methods used are fully ethical.” InterNICHE
provides a range of resources to support the implementation of humane alternative
methods and replace the harmful use of animals in education. These include
the book and database of alternative methods ‘from Guinea Pig to Computer
Mouse’ (2nd ed.); a number of Alternative Loan Systems (libraries)
for free access to humane learning tools; and a Humane Education Award grant
program to help fund progressive curricular transformation.
Berreville, PhD, InterNICHE National Contact, Canada.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; phone: (902)-488-5573
InterNICHE (International Network for Humane Education) is a non-profit
organization that seeks the full replacement of harmful animal use in
education and training. http://www.interniche.org