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In veterinary courses do we have to dissect animals? :eek:
 

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Most veterinary schools have cadaver dissection as part of the anatomy courses.
 

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valzie said:
In veterinary courses do we have to dissect animals? :eek:

uh yeah - how else do you plan on learning anatomy??
 
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lazyjayn said:
you mean that *really* fresh rat wasn't just a very life (death?)- like model? but, but but... that's what I told myself!
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Yeaah. Just last semester(spring), we had "fresh" rats for class. Heart was still quivering in one of their little chests.
Through review of stomach contents, they had a pretty good last meal before the...you know...long walk.
 

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Chopping up dead animals does not stop after vet school fyi.
 
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Hmm okay thanks. Is it just rats, or bigger animals like dogs, cats as well? horses, lambs? :/
 

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valzie said:
Hmm okay thanks. Is it just rats, or bigger animals like dogs, cats as well? horses, lambs? :/
Think that's bad...become an MD and youll have to chop up humans :D
 

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valzie said:
Hmm okay thanks. Is it just rats, or bigger animals like dogs, cats as well? horses, lambs? :/
of course its more than just rats..have you looked into any vet school's curriculum at all? how would you possibly learn the anatomy of a horse or dog by dissecting a rat?

more importantly, why does it bother you? if it's because you think it will be gross, maybe you should be seeking another profession. if you think that the animals shouldnt have to die for the sole purpose of dissection, there are a few schools that dont raise purpose-bred animals for that (aka, tufts uses donated dogs from the hospital that were euthanized), but to a certain extent, you have to just get over it.
 

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you have to just get over it.
yup and what will you do when you are in pathology rotations, you have the history of the animal, sometimes a live photo and you need to do a necropsy on the fresh specimen in front of you. If you cannot handle embalmed animal dissection, you are not going to do so well in necropsy :eek:
 

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Think that's bad...become an MD and youll have to chop up humans :D
hilarious! I can see it now: "why vet med over human med?"
"uhh, I'd rather chop up animals than humans."

funny thing is - it's pretty true!
 

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hilarious! I can see it now: "why vet med over human med?"
"uhh, I'd rather chop up animals than humans."

funny thing is - it's pretty true!
I don't get it
 
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Thanks all. Seems like my question was ridiculous.
 

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Do not worry many vets, vet students, etc are very cavalier about death/killing things - that is why you got the response you did.
 

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Iain said:
Do not worry many vets, vet students, etc are very cavalier about death/killing things - that is why you got the response you did.
Did you really mean to use the word "cavalier" in this case? That word implies being nonchalant, or having disregard or disrespect. According to Webster, one definition of cavalier is :"marked by or given to offhand and often disdainful dismissal of important matters". I hardly think that's the case for most "vets, vet students, etc". Just because those in the veterinary field don't break down every time an animal has to be put down or dissected for a lab doesn't mean that they don't care. We just have to become a little more hardened to the fact that not all animals we take care of survive or that others have to be used for teaching purposes.
 

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Yes I did intend to use that word, and I think you will find the words most common meaning is 'coolly unconcerned'. I think that describes the hardened attitude you referred to as well.

I think vets view death very different then most people - they view it as 'the end of pain of suffering', rather then solely 'the end'.
 

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snowyegret said:
According to Webster, one definition of cavalier is :"marked by or given to offhand and often disdainful dismissal of important matters".

are you f'n kidding me? i cant believe you looked up that word and then actually typed out the definition.

get a life.
 
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