Students Learn How, Not What, to Think About Difficult Issues

October 10, 2008.

The NWABR and University of Washington have developed a program to train secondary school teachers in bioethics. The summer training program helps the teachers give carefully guided classroom discussions exploring the potential benefits and harms of dissection.
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/322/5899/186a.

US veterinary student sues St Kitts-based school for cruelty to animals.

September 18, 2008.

A student at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is suing the school for failing to offer an alternative to performing certain procedures on animals. The student alleges that veterinary students were often required to operate repeatedly on healthy animals despite being assured before enrollment that harmful procedures would not be required.
http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-10794–35-35–.html.

Students skip slime, stink with virtual dissection

May 31, 2008.

ABC News reported that 14 states allow students the option to “opt-out” of a dissection without impacting their grade. The development of virtual dissection software is becoming an option in many schools because of the cost of purchasing live animals.
http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=4970750

Medical schools swap pigs for plastic.

May 7, 2008.

Nature reported that in 1994 77 out of 125 medical schools used animals to train surgeons and now only eight use them. The article explores the question of whether students have lost a vital training tool or whether simulators have advanced to the point where experience on animals is unnecessary.
http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080507/full/453140a.html

New Va. law requires schools to offer dissection alternatives

USAToday, September 7, 2004
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