Feline Dissection - page 3

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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 me. I find clinical mode and... Read More


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    I switched classes to a teacher who did not require participation in this practice. That was 22 years ago and I have done just fine as a nurse without needing to do this.

    Gimme a human, gimme a pig, but not a cat or dog. I would appeal. Nobody should be forced to do this.

    In this day and age i find it amazing that they would still be doing this on so many different levels. Maybe they could give you an alternate assignments.

    Do you have a link to the info about breeding them for this purpose? That is something I want to join efforts to end.
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    Quote from YouwishiwasyourCNA
    Thanks everyone. I would have no problems doing a human, because its human anatomy and I know that human didnt get euthanized for my learning. I guess I'm just gonna have to grin and bear it, it just makes me so sad. I actually started to cry when my biology teacher confirmed they were from a farm. Prior to that I was certain it was just a vicious rumor. Thanks for all the kind words. Xx

    "No day but today"
    Just keep it professional. Don't be overly emotional. It'll get in the way of your learning. Just like in a code, keep it professional, think in the moment, make wear clinical decisions for the betterment of your team, and cry on your way home. Your semester will be over before you know it. Chin up. You'll be five. Excuse yourself when you need a break. I'll also warn you about the smell. Not to scare you, but so it's one less thing you'll be overwhelmed with.
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    I also had to do the same thing. theres was a girl in my class that couldnt tolerate the smell or chemicals due to pregnancy. the teacher hard her dissect a cat online, being able to identify certain muscle and ligaments was the biggest issue during my class. talk to the teacher. their might be other options.
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    It really burns my britches that they are still doing this in this day and age. What a waste as it is totally not needed. There are many other ways to teach the same info.
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    Quote from CrunchRN
    It really burns my britches that they are still doing this in this day and age. What a waste as it is totally not needed. There are many other ways to teach the same info.
    Me too. My professor was really sweet about my reservation. She said "we will help you get through it ". She is this adorable 70 something year old who ...get this... Made us lunch!! I didn't tell her I wouldn't do it but I did tell her why I take issue. I just wonder if its worse to not participate, because then the little furry guy died for nothing....

    "No day but today"
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    Quote from YouwishiwasyourCNA
    I just wonder if its worse to not participate, because then the little furry guy died for nothing....

    "No day but today"
    The littly furry guy won't be 'wasted'. He's packed full of 'lovely' chemicals. He'll be used by someone else in the next A&P class.

    I do understand your reservations. If these poor cats are being bred and born only to be killed for disection, that's crazy. While I'm not a fan of cat/dog disection in A&P classes I'd feel better knowing the poor thing wasn't born just to die to be a specimen.
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    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 ~
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    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!


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