Feline Dissection - page 3

So, I am a pre-nursing student and just started Anatomy and Physiology II. I have worked in healthcare for about 5 years now and seen many things. I have a really strong stomach, not much bothers... Read More

  1. by   eatmysoxRN
    I hated that part too. I was a vegan with extremely strong feelings for animal rights. I spent several days a week (except for days with clinicals) volunteering at my local animal shelter. It broke my heart to have to dissect that cat.

    Unfortunately, options were limited. At my school it was required. Even if it hadn't been, there was no way even a virtual dissection would have prepared me for the exams. I cried several times during dissection. My fellow vegans frowned at me and offered to help stage a picket against it. I bowed my head and did it anyhow.

    It is sad. I wish animals had more rights in this world. I've never heard of cat farms, and for good reason. I'm going to choose to remain ignorant and not research that at all.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
  2. by   gerry75
    I can relate to this. I had to do it last summer but my professor claimed that the cats were from shelters and would have been out to sleep anyway. This made it a little easier for me to grasp; I hope I was not naive and he was being honest. The idea of a "cat farm" is indeed unsettling, and in my opinion not necessary. Seems to me that there are other options, just as suitable in this day and age. The good news is that your professor seems open to helping you through it, which is the complete opposite of the man who taught my class. I took issue with the cat dissection as well, and to top it off, MY cat at home was sick and experiencing some of the disorders we were learning about in class. It was horrible ( But it did teach me how to think clinically and separate my emotions from the task at hand). Best of luck to you, I hope you can get through this!