Teaching anatomy and body systems without dissection: humane science education is the innovative future

Participants will learn about non-animal approaches to teaching about body systems and anatomy in place of conventional animal dissection. Together we'll explore virtual anatomy tools, virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, paper dissection, plastic models and more. We'll also explore the many benefits of switching to humane science education, and participants will learn about recent empirical data that demonstrates the superior educational merit of non-animal teaching methods versus dissection. This fun, interactive session will leave you eager to implement non-animal methods in your own classroom! 

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No materials needed - just a curious and open mind :)


1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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  • Canadian Society for Humane Science
    Elisabeth Ormandy

    Elisabeth’s academic background in neuroscience and animal behaviour/welfare/ethics has driven her passion to critically evaluate the use of animals in science, and to promote the replacement of animals as best scientific practice. In 2015, she co-founded and is current Executive Director for the Canadian Society for Humane Science – Canada’s first and only registered charity working solely to achieve better science without animals through education and policy reform. In this capacity she established Canada’s first Humane Science Education Program, which provides a wide range of K-12 education and advocacy materials so that anatomy can be taught without using animals for dissection. This year marks Elisabeth’s 11th year as an instructor at the University of British Columbia where she teaches 4th year undergraduate classes Ethical Issues in Science and Non-Animal Methods in Biomedical Science. In addition to publishing numerous papers and book chapters, she served as an editorial board member for the journal Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (ATLA) for 6 years. Elisabeth lives in Vancouver with her husband, Oliver, and their dog, Rosemary – together they are exploring creative, low-impact living.