Hello, vet student here. I'll try to make this as brief as possible (because I don't want to post some essay here) but keep in mind that I go to university in Australia, so some things may not apply to the courses over in Canada.
Ok, so I'm only finishing my 3rd year now, which means I'm halfway. And I've only been vegan for 7 months, so before that I was a full on meat-eater/leather-wearer for my first years. The animals that we dissect are from zoos/wildlife parks that have died naturally or been euthanised (from old age or health reasons) but most are greyhounds that haven't cut it on the track. Perfectly healthy dogs. When it's brought up why they were euthanised, none of the students are ever happy about it. But the way I used to look at it was that these dogs would be euthanised either way, so what's wrong with vet students using them for education reasons? By the way, we do have greyhound adoption programs in the country but there are FAR too many greyhounds, so the industry really needs to be stopped.. Anyway, I'm going off on a tangent here. That's how I used to see it, but then a lovely lady linked me to this article she wrote
And it definitely changed my mindset. I'm actually planning to put it forward to the uni next year and ask if we could start sourcing our cadavers ethically. I won't say much more on that because that article says enough, I think
I have bigger issues with other things in the course, such as lab experiments and placements. Lab experiments can involve us dissecting muscles out of toads and stimulating them to observe their contractions. I never even gave things like this a second thought before, but since being vegan I've started seeing things differently and it's just so freaking unnecessary. You know when organisations are like 'dissections can be replaced by computer simulations' and all that? Lots of our lab experiments are a perfect example of that! My uni has a thing where you can object to course practicals for ethical reasons and I wish I had done that a few times this year.. I definitely will next year. Maybe you should look at whether your surrounding universities offer that same policy?
And I'm also required to do placements on farms. I've seen some awful things. But I have to participate and all that because I get graded on them..
I don't know if I answered your question, but maybe I gave you something to think about? Also, if you haven't heard of Andrew Knight, look him up. An Australian vet who was one of the first to object to animal use in his degree and advocates for human research. A lot of information here, as well: