Spec. Issue 2006 - Article Summary

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Should live animals be used when educating future biomedical scientists?

Jann Hau
University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
Summary
Animals are used for various purposes in education of scientists including: 1. Demonstration of biological principles, 2. Surgical education and training, and 3. Education and training of biomedical scientists for licensing.
This paper advocates a gradual replacement of animals for demonstration of biological mechanisms with non-sentient materials. It explains why animals remain necessary for training of surgeons, and why it is important for the welfare of laboratory animals that future scientists have passed a course demonstrating that they can handle and restrain animals, and perform routine procedures on anaesthetised animals before they can be granted a license to perform animal experiments.

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