On Friday, February 22, 2013, I attended the “Learning without harming animals: an overview of humane alternatives in higher education” presentation put on by Dr. Olivier Berreville of InterNICHE (The International Network for Humane Education).
InterNICHE works in partnership with any individual, group or department that shares the common goals of replacement of harmful animal use and investment in high quality ethical science.
The presentation provided an overview of existing alternatives to animal experiments in medical, veterinary medical and biological science education and training. Concrete examples of alternatives successfully used to replace and even outperform harmful animal use were featured.
Dr. Olivier Berreville holds a PhD in Biology from Dalhousie University, and has been involved with various non-profit animal protection organizations for more than 12 years. He is presently Scientific Advisor for Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Food Animals and the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition. He has been the Canadian National Contact for the International Network for Humane Education since 2003, assisting life science students learn in their chosen field without harming animals.
Watch the 9-part video series below to learn more about learning without harming animals:
Alternatives in education: Part 1/9: Introduction
Alternatives in education: Part 2/9: Nerve Physiology
Alternatives in education: Part 3/9: Muscle Physiology
Alternatives in education: Part 4/9: Pharmacology
Alternatives in education: Part 5/9: Surgery
Alternatives in education: Part 6/9: Anatomy
Alternatives in education: Part 7/9: Animal Handling
Alternatives in education: Part 8/9: Views on Humane Education
Alternatives in education: Part 9/9: InterNICHE
- Adam Lang, AAS Assistant, North Vancouver, BC