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Dog Labs Ended at MSU Vet School Starting in fall 2010, The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Michigan State University (MSU) will no longer require terminal surgery labs to teach veterinary students. Terminal surgery labs use healthy animals, particularly dogs, to practice surgical skills, after which the animals are killed.

Ending terminal surgery labs and replacing them with more humane teaching methods allows MSU to join the majority of the 28 other veterinary medical schools in the U.S. that no longer include terminal surgeries in their required curriculum. Instead of the controversial labs, MSU’s CVM will use sophisticated models, animal cadavers, and an increased number of spay and neuter operations which benefit animals at shelters.

Click here to read the press release.

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Victory! Canadian School Board Approves Student Choice Policy
frog Animalearn thanks its Canadian supporters who recently contacted the Burnaby, British Columbia school board. In a 3-2 vote on February 23, 2010, the board agreed to create a formal policy giving students the right to say "no" to dissection. Congratulations to Vancouver, B.C. resident and humane education advocate Lesley Fox, for all her hard work to help students and animals.

Click here to read “Policy coming on dissection in schools,“ on BCLocalNews.com.

Russian University Ends Animal Labs
mouse This month, Perm State Pharmaceutical Academy in Russia declared an end to all animal laboratories at the school. The institution signed a formal agreement with the International Network for Humane Education (InterNICHE) to implement alternatives to animal labs. InterNICHE will be providing the school with humane alternatives. It is the tenth such contract the group has made with an institute of higher education in Russia.

Click here to read “First university in the Ural region signs formal agreement on stopping animal experiments,” on Vita.org.

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