August 1, 2010

50% of dogs in University of Guelph's VSTEP program killed

Photo Credit: CTV News

University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College is dedicated to animal health care and a leader in North American Veterinary Colleges. That is why it's difficult to understand why the Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP) is currently under fire by public scrutiny. In this program International Veterinary students are taught Canadian Veterinary criteria so they may practise here. The International students perform basic spays however these procedures were not supervised. The bottom line was numerous botched spays that resulted in ending 10 out of 20 animals lives.

In an article by the Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency published in the Toronto Sun it was reported
“ that up until now, the college would "anesthetize, sterilize and euthanize" the dogs. That meant that once the Veterinary Skills, Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP) was over for the year, the dogs were destroyed.”
I find it hypocritical that an organization whose sole purpose is to groom top animal healthcare practitioners conducted a callous research program where animals were discarded without any remorse. Well that is until it was uncovered.

It appears the VSTEP program has suddenly had a change of heart. Future International Students will be supervised during operations to ensure research animals receive proper care. As well, they have opened their hearts and acknowledged it is best to adopt out the remaining animals at the commencement of the program rather than euthanize them. Not sure how either of these ideas escaped their judgement before but they are managing to put an end to future public outrage with their new, well thought out, compassionate policy. Glad the U of G saw the light through their dim (witted) rose coloured glasses.

CTV News reports:
"U of G Veterinary College changes euthanasia is changing a controversial policy that saw dogs used in its program euthanized after undergoing surgical procedures."
Go Fetch: Watch the full video story at CTV News

~ Ramblings by Debbie


Pup Fan said...

Oh wow... what a terrible story! I'm glad that the policy has been changed now. Crazy.

Juno said...

It's so heartbreaking to read this type of report. Our thoughts are with these poor doggies...

We really enjoyed watching your friend Lacy's performance! Eight paws up!

Momo & Pinot

Anonymous said...

What a terrible story!!
Thank you for informing the public.
Lovely video clip.

houndstooth said...

That's rather hypocritical of them! I'm not sure what kind of vets their graduates would make, truth be told!


Soggibottom said...

Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm !
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !

Makes you thankful that you have a loving home. Luv Ames x x x

DawgBlogger said...

Thought that "Do no harm" applied to all doctors, human or animal :-(

Rouky said...

It makes me really sad reading about this... I'm glad the news is out there, though...

Debbie said...

I was shocked when I heard about this. I'm glad they had a change of heart but it does shake my faith in their entire program.

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