PETA and KVASU Offer Workshop on Animal-Friendly Veterinary Education at Thrissur College

For Immediate Release:
25 August 2016

Dr Manilal Valliyate; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Session Comes After Veterinary Council of India’s New Mandate to Phase Out Cruel Killing of Animals for Teaching Purposes

Thrissur – Today, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, in collaboration with Kerala Veterinary and Animals Sciences University (KVASU), is holding a workshop at the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, to help faculty implement ethical cadaver sourcing and preservation, as recently mandated by the Veterinary Council of India Minimum Standards of Veterinary Education (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry degree course) Regulations, 2016. The new regulations instruct that cadavers for dissection should be donated animals who had incurable or terminal conditions and that each college must set up a humane body-donation programme within one year. The regulations aim to end the killing and suffering of live animals, such as calves, whose bodies have commonly been used for training. The interactive session will be led by Professor MS Amarendhra Kumar from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in the US.

“This workshop will help veterinary colleges in Kerala take immediate, firm action towards implementing ethical sourcing and preservation of cadavers for teaching students anatomy”, says PETA India’s Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “In addition to this programme, many humane, highly effective teaching options exist, from simulation software to mannequins.”

PETA India – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” –  notes that nearly every published comparative study in science-education literature has concluded that non-animal methods teach anatomy and complex biological processes as well as or better than inhumane and archaic live-animal methods. In a 2013 survey conducted by PETA India of final-year students at Bombay Veterinary College, 73 per cent agreed that willed or ethically sourced body donations are effective replacements for killing healthy calves for anatomical studies.

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