Another visit to Ukraine in September/October 2009 resulted in a great success! Seven departments of four universities in Simferopol, Dnipropetrovsk and Odessa received animal-friendly teaching tools, worth 7,000 euros. More than 3,600 animals per year, mainly frogs and rats, are now saved from a painful death.
Half a year after providing teaching methods without animal experiments, we inspected their implementation in the Ukrainian universities at L'viv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Sumy. The results: a first prize for innovative teaching methods, a great deal of commitment on the part of the profs, but also the terrible reality of the cruel animal experiments that were commonplace until very recently.
Students used to have to capture stray cats and dogs for anatomical and surgical tutorials. Sometimes animals were also taken from animal shelters. Cows, calves, frogs and rabbits were also experimented on. That is now a thing of the past in the Nemishaev Veterinary Department of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine in Kiev.