Ruiz L. Alternatives to animal testing in veterinary education in Mexico. Paper presented at: The Three Rs - Together it's possible. 8th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences; 2011 Aug 21-25; Montreal, Canada


The implementation of humane alternatives to animal experiments is rapidly gaining pace in education and training. However, for future life science professionals studying at some universities, a common method to obtain knowledge and psychomotor skills is the use of non-human animals. The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is not an exception, and at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine non-human animals are used in this way. Animal experimentation and the dissection of purpose-killed animals cause harm and are limited in terms of what they teach. They also send the wrong message to students: through them they learn speciesist values. In Mexico in recent years, many students and teachers are questioning the way that veterinary medicine is taught. Some students and teachers have begun to promote and implement alternatives. These ethical educational tools have the potential to completely replace the harmful use of non-human animals and to achieve the educational objectives.

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Link to journal: ALTEX - Alternatives to Animal Experimentation