Teaching methods

Teaching methods

Alternatives to animal dissections and other teaching methods that can be used instead of animals.

There are many different types of non-harmful teaching methods including alternatives to animal dissections. These include anatomical models, virtual dissections and anatomy apps, augmented reality tools and more!

Using these methods has many benefits; animals are saved, they are more inclusive, safer and less traumatic for students, they provide better academic outcomes, they're cheaper and they align with already existing guidelines. 

There are so many of these methods that there are searchable databases that showcase the many options:

The variety of non-harmful teaching methods is massive! There are basic methods like videos and illustrations and then there are more sophisticated and interactive tools. Here are some of our favourite teaching tools and providers: 

Alternatives to animal dissections

These include virtual dissections, augmented reality software and anatomical models. For example:

Photo credit: The Science Bank

Tools for teaching human anatomy 

These include synthetic models, sophisticated software and augmented reality learning. For example:

Tools for training veterinary students

The use of animals to train veterinary students doesn't need to involve the harmful use of animals in any way. Instead, students could build basic skills with models and mannequins (and ethically sourced cadavers) and then move on to shadowing qualified vets in clinics and doing tasks under close supervision. 

Examples of non-harmful methods include: 

Photo credit: Rescue Critters

Tools for training medical students


The availability of methods like these is so great that currently 100% of medical schools in the US and Canada have ended live animal use for medical student training. These medical schools now use non-harmful methods such as lifelike interactive and programmable simulators that better replicate human anatomy and physiology.

Examples include: 

Photo credit: SynDaver Labs 

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