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
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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