Vets should be healing animals, not hurting them
Readers will be shocked by the Royal Veterinary College's (RVC) acknowledgement that its researchers subject dogs to painful laboratory experiments that aim to alleviate human, rather than animal, suffering.
The college bred its own colony of beagle-cross dogs with genetic flaws, leading them to suffer a canine version of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Symptoms include muscle-wasting and breathing problems. To limit distress, the animals are put down at around 18 months old.
A fresh experimental phase begins this year, involving the introduction of laboratory-manufactured, genetic material - a process that could lead to unpredictable, physiological problems.
The extent of the animal research being conducted at the RVC is truly shocking. In 2012, it used more than 9,000 mice, pigs, horses and even emus for veterinary, or human, studies.
A veterinary college should be healing, not harming, animals.