Stray dogs as test objects – that’s over now in Kiev
In January 2009 we provided the university with a range of different models and computer simulations, as well as a video projector.
Dimitrij Leporskij, biologist and our project partner in Ukraine, giving lecturer Oksana Vyschnjak a bag full of vivisection-free teaching materials. We came into contact with the veterinary surgeon following television reports. She had accepted an appointment to the university, not knowing that animal experiments were part of the curriculum.
Dr. Grennadiy Bondarenko, dean of the veterinary department of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine in Kiev, and Dr. Corina Gericke signing the contract.
Dr. Grennadiy Bondarenko and Oksana Vyschnjak with the alternative teaching resources, including a dummy rat "Koken Rat", several models for practising injections and sutures, the model of a dog’s brain, miscellaneous software and a video projector.
The contract stipulates that the equipment is supplied on the condition that the yearly use of following animals be dropped: 18 dogs, 6 cats, 8 frogs, 6 rabbits, 12 cows, 6 calves and 2 sheep.
The veterinarians also cooperate with the animal welfare group "Animals in the City", with students neutering stray dogs then returning them to their original surroundings. This freshly spayed bitch is from a company’s premises. The dogs on the premises were neutered as the result of an initiative on the part of company employees.
Control visit in September 2009
In September 2009 Dr. Corina Gericke and Dimitrij Leporskij visited the vet school in Kiev to monitor the keeping of the contract. The visit revealed that things are going smoothly in Kiev. The donated animal-free teaching tools are in use.
The students study the anatomy of cats and dogs virtually on the computer instead of killing stray animals. Clinical examinations are trained by using patients from the animal hospital. The students learn surgical skills by assisting experienced surgeons when they perfom clinically necessary operations on patients.
Our projects in Eastern Europe are carried out in cooperation with InterNICHE.
Overview of the whole project (in German) >>