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[Apr. 16th, 2007|09:50 pm]
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Hey guys. Just a really quick and simple question. I'm being random and all, but I am very curious. When studying medicine... you don't kill animals and study them, right? I mean like... you study humans, not animals, right? Doing that would just be so wrong to me, so I was wondering if that happens. I think medicine must be one of the greatest careers out there, but that ONE thing could change my whole perspective, so... do you?

[User Picture]From: dash_hub
2007-04-17 06:23 am (UTC)
This reads like trolling to me, but just in case you're genuine: I think it varies from medical school to medical school. My medical school makes experiments we conduct ourselves on dead tissue (we don't kill the animal), and observing experiments carried out on live anaesthatised animals by trained demonstrators, a compulsory part of the course. We were warned about this repeatedly before applying and accepting our offer. If it's something you don't want to do, check with prospective medical schools before applying.
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[User Picture]From: vanillabuzz
2007-04-17 07:50 am (UTC)
Definitely genuine. I could never kill an animal, so that's what has been holding me a lot about making this choice, so I thought I'd just go ahead and ask. I think I'm going to do that and check before applying. Thanks for your reply!
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[User Picture]From: lucide13
2007-05-24 08:56 pm (UTC)
You use animals in your med school? I know many vet schools use animals and some even still do "terminal surgeries" where animals that are slated to be sacrificed are practiced on, but I have never heard of a modern med school practicing on animals. Which school do you go to?
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[User Picture]From: dash_hub
2007-05-24 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oxford University. :) It's part of the pre-clinical sciences course which we spend the first three years doing. Having checked your userinfo, I see you're American, so I guess things are just different over here in England?
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From: attic_door
2007-07-06 01:21 am (UTC)
I've never heard of an american medical school using animals, definately expect disections and/or experiments on frogs, fetal pigs, clams, worms, fish, cats, etc in ur undergrad prereq courses tho. u will more than likely be required to perform those experiments to complete those courses. In either case tho, most of the time the animals are dead already (for the disections obviously they have to be), and for the other experiments, u might accidentally kill something, esp the aquatic animals. the only animal that was ever actually killed that i can remember, is a frog after a heart c/v lab, which was killed w/acetylcholine i think, or one of the other drugs we were experimenting with, and that is the only intentional death i can recall
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