Veterinary Students And Educators On Animal Use In Research
This study of Turkish veterinary students and educators found that both groups face a dilemma regarding issues surrounding animal experimentation, including the accuracy and moral implications of using alternatives. The authors conclude that the academic curriculum should be supported with related courses to eliminate the negative results of that dilemma.
In this study, veterinary students and veterinary educators from Firat Veterinary School, Istanbul Veterinary School and Selcuk Veterinary School were surveyed to evaluate their attitudes to animal use in research. Data were collected from 330 students and 204 educators by personal interviews. All participants showed anthropocentric attitudes toward animal use in research. Most of the participants agreed on items regarding the animal tests being easier, more scientific, more common, more economical and more reliable than alternative methods, but they also signified that they did not agree with the item indicating that the animal experimentation is more ethical.
In conclusion, we can state that both the veterinary students and the educators are in a complete dilemma in the discussions regarding the animal experimentation. In order to avoid the negative circumstances that can arise from this dilemma, it could be said that veterinary schools should be supported in this aspect with related courses to be included within their curriculum.[Abstract excerpted from report]