2017 STA Convention
May 5, 2017
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Exploring non-animal alternatives to dissection: iPads, models and more!

The use of animals in dissection is a controversial issue for many people, including parents and students. Around 10% of students ask teachers if they can opt out. There are numerous non-animal alternatives available - technological advancements in recent years have prompted the creation of some very sophisticated non-animal teaching tools that can effectively replace animal dissection. This workshop will help to prepare teachers for requests to opt out of dissection, and allow them to offer interactive alternatives that go beyond watching videos.

The workshop will progress as follows:

1.     The facilitator will provide an overview of arguments both for and against animal dissection so that teachers can be prepared for the arguments they might be faced with;

2.     The facilitator will provide participants with information about the use of non-animal alternatives for dissection by presenting some non-animal alternatives - 4D models and virtual simulations will be available for teachers to experience for themselves;

3.     The facilitator will engage the teachers to see what should be included in educational packages intended to support teachers in implementing non-animal alternatives;

4.     Teachers will be able to add their name to a list for participation in a study assessing the educational merit of virtual dissection tools.

Target Audience



Elisabeth Ormandy

A native of the UK, Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy has an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, a MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a PhD in Animal Welfare and Ethics. She has been an instructor at the University of British Columbia since 2011, and teaches in the faculties of Land and Food Systems and Integrated Sciences. In addition to teaching role, Elisabeth is Executive Director of the Animals in Science Policy Institute and sits as an Advisor on the Environment and Animal Welfare Committee of the Vancouver Foundation. 

01:00 pm - 02:30 pm

Seats Available