Spec. Issue 2006 - Article Summary

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Animals and alternatives in biomedical education in the Baltics

Osvaldas Ruksenas
Department of Biochemistry-Biophysics, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Summary
The use of animals in biomedical education has decreased substantially during the last decade in Baltic countries. There are several reasons for this decrease: i) introduction of legislation regulating use and care of laboratory animals; ii) demand from students for the
use of alternatives in teaching; iii) improvement of alternative methods and equipment; iv) feasibility of alternative teaching materials. Relatively high price of alternatives, lack of computers and modern A/V equipment at universities, difficulties of students with foreign languages are among the main factors limiting the increase in the use of alternatives.

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