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The University of Washington Receives Fines for Animal Abuse in Medical Research Labs

University of Washington SealMany medical schools use monkeys every year as test subjects in their labs as part of an effort to advance medical knowledge. The Department of Agriculture inspects these facilities every year to prevent problems from occurring, and when problems do occur, they have to power to take action.

One school that seems to be having a lot of interventions from the Department of Agriculture is the University of Washington. Within the past five years, one monkey has died of malnutrition and two others were kept in cages that were too small for them. A scientist at the school was also fined because he performed too many surgeries on the same monkeys. In total, the school had to pay $10,893 in fines this year, and if there are repeat violations, the school will face much stricter fines.

“[The Department of Agriculture] finally got along to levying a fine which is $10,000 and the University gets millions of dollars in research money, so this is just a little drop in their bucket,” said Rachel Bjork of the Northwest Animal Rights Network. “They like to say they are doing groundbreaking research. They like to say they’re saving lives but I’m trying to understand the connection between sticking coils in a monkey’s eyes and saving a human life.”

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Tufts Uses Dogs to Cure Finals Stress

I have two dogs: a pug and a miniature pinscher. Nothing seems to cheer me up more than when I come home from school, or work, and find them excitedly awaiting my presence. They wag their tails and immediately beg for my a attention. Something about the way they lick my chin and demand to be petted makes me forget about all of the day’s stressors.

So, it’s no surprise to me that Tufts University is using dogs to ease exam woes on campus. The school brought in therapy dogs on Tuesday for students to have some stress-free time, amid the most stressful time of year: finals week.

“Every college student has stress around finals,” said resident director Michael Bliss, who came up with the idea of dog visits. “And taking a break out from that with something as easy and simple and loving as petting dogs is really helpful.”

Tufts University isn’t the only school using therapy dogs as stress-relieving activities. Bliss wanted to bring the dogs to campus after he participated in a similar program as an undergraduate at New York University.

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Deer Crashes into Classroom, Injures Student

deerA sophomore at DeSales University in Upper Saucon Township, PA was injured when a deer crashed through a classroom window. The student, Harry Getty, was cut by the breaking glass flung by the frightened animal. He was briefly hospitalized yesterday, but now has returned to campus.

“The deer went through the window, basically went over me, cleared my desk,” Getty told WFMZ. “It was on the left side of me, which is the door side of the room and there’s no way I was going to go through a six-point buck, so I went out the window.”

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Perfect Pets for the College Lifestyle

kittyI grew up on a farm, so my family always had a lot of animals running around. My favorites were a dog named Barney the Barn Dog and a horse named Amigo. Both of these animals had a soft-spot in my heart and I considered them to be a part of the family.

Fast forward about 10 years to when I started college. Freshman year was so exciting: so many new people, new experiences, new things to do, etc. However, I was always glad to go home and see Barney and Amigo. My dorm room didn’t allow pets of any kind, so I got very homesick for my furry family members. (In fact, my parents teased me that I only came home to see the animals and not because I missed them at all.) Read the rest of this entry »



Best Zoology Schools in the U.S.

zoologyCollege students that love animals and haven’t figured out their major field of study yet might consider majoring in zoology. While studying to become a veterinarian will allow you to work with sick and hurt animals, zoology allows you to observe and study animals in their own habitat to learn more about how they fit into the world as a whole, and what we can do to save and preserve each species. Zoology focuses on the study of animals, but other subjects covered include how animals relate to each other, anatomy, genetics, behavior, biology, can covers a wide variety of species including vertebrates and invertebrates.

Whether you’re looking for an associate’s degree or are perusing a doctorate degree, all are available within the field of zoology. Depending on your area of specialization, there are a variety of jobs that you can get with a bachelor of science in zoology degree including working in a medical lab, hospital, agricultural department, environmental agency, zoo and many others. Some of the core classes that are studied include animal psychology, chemistry, calculus, statistics and physics. Read the rest of this entry »



Python Found in Student Locker

After students had left North High School in Newton, Mass. for the summer, custodian Ed Reardon was snake-found-in-lockercleaning out lockers. Each year the school district donates the abandoned books to charity. But when he reached into the top of one locker, a three-foot python fell to his feet.

“I just thought it was a change purse or something,” Reardon told a local newspaper with a laugh. “I bent down, because I wasn’t sure if it was real, and I realized it was the real thing,” he said. Identified as a ball python, Reardon used a notebook to keep the snake from escaping and picked it up by the back of the head. “It can’t bite you if you grab it by the back of the neck,” he said, of the technique he had seen on nature shows. Read the rest of this entry »



A More Humane Education at the Humane Society University

Most students who want to work with animals consider a degree in marine biology, zoology, or veterinary medicine. Pretty standard majors, and they allow students to combine their love for animals with a college education. Well, now there is another option for students who want to work with animals in a more humane way.humane society university

The Humane Society University, founded in 2008, offers degrees in Humane Leadership, Animal Studies, and Animal Policy & Advocacy. The Humane Society University is obviously the brainchild of the Humane Society of the United States, an organization that has been dedicated to the humane treatment of animals since 1954.  Read the rest of this entry »





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