Another Vet School Ends Terminal Surgeries
Oklahoma State University recently joined the growing list of veterinary schools that have dropped terminal surgeries from their curricula.
Students in an Oklahoma State University (OSU) veterinary surgery laboratory previously practiced two surgical procedures on dogs from Class B dealers. The dogs were killed after the second procedure. According to school and government records, 76 dogs were killed last year.
In April, OSU announced that it will replace terminal surgeries with surgical training in conjunction with animal shelters and veterinary practices. Key to this decision was strong and consistent feedback from many people.
An OSU veterinary student played a major role in helping the school replace terminal surgeries with humane alternatives. Sarah Gordon, D.V.M., brought together concerned OSU students and alumni, as well as experts from PCRM and other organizations, to convince OSU to end terminal surgeries.
A 2007 survey showed that the majority of the 28 veterinary schools in the United States no longer perform terminal surgeries. Most schools now train students with carefully supervised spay and neuter programs, partnerships with shelters and rescue groups, ethically sourced cadavers, externships at veterinary clinics, and other alternatives.