Ok, so we use cats in our labs that were humanely euthanized (the were in pounds and had no known owners) for the sole purpose of being able to save other cats lives in our veterinary practice….well not me, but the Animal Health Tech’s do. I’m just a Veterinary Medical Assistant. However I wanted to get into that course in a couple of years. Would I offend anyone if I used a Cadaver in my practice….I mean is hard. When I seen what they were doing I literately cried…….. But that cat is helping cats in the futuer……right?
I agree with chenli, we can fully simulate cadavers now and yet most educators are still going for the bodies just to give the “experience” of slicing dead things open to students. I’ve used online dissection tools before, they taught me 10 times more than a classroom full of people gagging on pig fetus smell.
Maybe just make sure you research the source of the cadavers fully, there’s no guarantee that it really is humane. Of course, it would also depend on your opinion of euthanasia vs. no-kill shelters.
If the sole purpose was to save other cats’ lives, I’m pretty sure they would be using a cleaner, more educational method. Dissection is never just about saving animals, it’s humans being curious mixed with a lack of respect for the lives of other sentient beings.
With todays technology, we can simulate a living body via a dummy. We have all sorts of dummies for training doctors, nurses, etc. Plus computer model simulations and stuff. I personally couldn’t cut into any dead animal, no matter where it came from.
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All animal emergencies (injured, stray, neglected, abused, etc) should be reported to our Emergency Response Team, not posted on the Boards.