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im checking out classes at CUNY. It's amazing the difference between what happens at Oberlin in the bio dept and at a community college in Queens. Oberlin is so PC, anti-vivisection...animal friendly save the whales..to the annoying extreme.

CUNY on the other hand has 2 required courses for vet tech that i might have trouble with depending on what I was forced to do:
one is an animal research course (because vet techs are needed in the clinic or zoos, but also to help in animal research labs ACK! Note that while a vet tech in your local cet clinic might make 17-25k a year, they can make up to 80k a year in the research lab. not sure if the $$ is enough to quell my nauseousness!) but back to my topic. they teach lab techniques. i assume that we arent actually working IN a research lab, just perhaps proceedures. im worried that it is hands on though. i dont really to "practice" any special kinds of needle insertions, or restraint practices on some poor rabbit, you know? i can understand practicing giving shots, under supervision, restaining an animal for in't own (and my)benefit, but to practice pain for it's own sake is no good. who knows though. the PC is catching everywhere. also, there's an anatomy course that requires dissection of CATS! I have heard of this before, and i can only assume that this is an opt-out ( like i wouldnt have to do it to pass the class) one one hand, it would be extremely interesting to open up a cat and find out what it's like. on the other, id be consumed with the idea of some poor, trusting feline (or some rather neglected feline) getting put to sleep and submerged in fermadlahyde for science purposes. :( hmmm. my body can be donated to science, but not till i die. the poor cat had no say at all.
fun stuff to think about.


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Jul. 16th, 2002 02:15 pm (UTC)
the anatomy class at my high school required dissection of cats.. AND, starting next year (finally, a time when my timing/age doesn't screw me over!) the regular AP bio classes are going to have to do so as well.. ICK!

.. my best friend took the anatomy course this year... she named her "specimine" after my cat! how evil!
Jul. 16th, 2002 02:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh! We only carved up smelly stiff frogs. They were bad enough! I think it was the smell that made it so gross. As a kitty owner, I don't think I could take that! Especially in High School!
Jul. 16th, 2002 02:34 pm (UTC)
yah.. regular bio classes did frogs.. honors bio (which i took) did fetal pigs (thankfully my lab partner was ALL ABOUT dissecting.. I let her go to town and just poked at somethign with my eyes closed when the teacher looked my way).. i could never ever eeeever dissect a cat.
Jul. 16th, 2002 07:37 pm (UTC)
oh god, fetal pigs were such a smelly mess.
Jul. 16th, 2002 08:34 pm (UTC)
oh yes. yes indeed. they give you the whole thing about it being better because they don't use formaldehyde.. but I maintain that whatever they DO use smells much worse..

it was hideous -- last semester I was in a genetics lab course and while we were only working with fruitflies, we got to share the room that was used for all of the dissections.. and we got to use it at the end of the day.. What a wonderful odor THAT was!
Jul. 16th, 2002 03:09 pm (UTC)
Usually if you want credit for the Anatomy Lab class you must do the cat dissection. Anatomy isn't much good without the lab credit. They (the cats we used) are all the strays that are put to sleep every year, so while not a good thing, they aren't going around stealing people's pets. I also took Human dissection. That was cool, but it's really tough to skin a human.
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