Poster Abstract: Animal welfare-friendly surgery training in veterinary education

Animal Welfare in Veterinary Medical Education and Research

November 8-11, 2009
The Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center at
Michigan State University

Krebsbach SB
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association

Terminal use of animals in veterinary training has been a point of controversy among veterinary students, faculty and the profession as a whole for decades. The current trend is to replace educational programs that employ terminal surgeries (those in which animals are euthanatized after one or more surgical training exercises), as well as other exercises that result in some level of harm to the animals used. There is growing evidence that veterinary training, including surgical training, can be both non-harmful to the animals and produce qualified veterinarians. There are a variety of ways that animal-friendly surgery training can be incorporated into existing veterinary curricula or developed as new training opportunities that benefit both students and animals. The following are some examples: spay/neuter programs; feral cat clinics; surgical treatment programs (beyond spay/neuter programs); field service opportunities and externships; ethical-source cadavers (willed-body donation programs); and models, manikins, and simulators. This poster highlights these methods of surgical training, providing an overview and examples where the method has been incorporated into curricula.