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Hello everyone, I just have a quick question.<br><br>
After thinking about it for a long time, I have decided to pursue my original career choice in the medical field. I talked about it with my Biology teacher and he recommended that next year I take chemistry, and senior year I continue with science by doubling up and taking into Physics and Biology II. He said that this will get me a head start, and prepare me for college classes and med school. The only thing is that in the Biology II level 3 class, there is a cat disection. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> yuck. I am totaly against this but it is necessary to pass the class. He also told me that obviously in med school, the same thing is to be done, but on a human. I explained that I had no problem with that because the person obviously gave consent before his or her death that they would like to donate their body to science. There is no way for a cat that has been picked up off the streets somewhere in Mexico, for all I know, to say that it is okay to euthanize them, or however mether they use to kill them. So I'm sure that you can see that this is a problem. Are there any vegan doctors here on the boards? If you, or anyone else here, could give me your opinion on this, that would be great.<br><br>
Thanks for replying in advance.<br><br>
-Nic
 

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You do not need to take that biology class to get into med school. Your biology teacher is laying out the coursework he thinks would be helpful, but that path is not the only way to go.
 

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I agree that this course is not <i>required</i> for you to get into Med School and become a doctor. Also, your school to respect your beliefs. You would need to explain that you are vegan and you can always request a secondary assignment to make up for the grade of the dissection.<br><br><br><br>
You should notify your school of more humane practices as well. I was psyched about my Anatomy class because we got to do our dissection section on laptops. We used a program called CyberEd where we "dissected" a virtual piggy and then there are review questions/exercises and we took the test through the program as well.
 

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Here are some links that might be helpfull.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=92" target="_blank">http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=92</a><br><br><a href="http://www.petakids.com/disindex.html" target="_blank">http://www.petakids.com/disindex.html</a><br><br><a href="http://petakids.com/dissection_alternatives.html" target="_blank">http://petakids.com/dissection_alternatives.html</a>
 

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Animals used in the dissection industry suffer horribly. Cats whose bodies end up in science labs may be drowned in Mexico or gassed in American biology supply houses. Please take a look at the video, "Classroom Cutups" under the Cruel Science category.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.petatv.com/inv.html" target="_blank">http://www.petatv.com/inv.html</a>
 

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I would strongly advise you not to take that course, or to find another way to complete it without the dissection.<br><br><br><br>
I dissected a cat in high school for the same reasons. 15 years later, I still vividly remember the smell of the dead cat. We had to skin the poor thing too & I vividly recall the sound the skin makes as it tears away. I was not vegetarian then & didn't know better. I do now, but I will regret participating in that atrocity for the rest of my life. Find another way - you'll be happier.
 
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