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Clyde Said:Any veterinarians I can interview really fast?! PLEASE!?
We Answered:What schooling was required to become a vet?
Bachelor's Degree (usually biology, like mine) 3-4 yrs
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine 3-4 yrs
What qualifications do you have to have to become a vet?
You have to graduate from an accredited school of veterinary medicine as deemed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, pass the National exam for veterinarians, and whichever state you choose to practice in, you have to pass their state examination as well.
How long have you been a vet and do you enjoy your job?
6yrs and I love my job. I don't dread going to work ever. Even when I am sick I WANT to go to work, not because I have to.
(Please feel free to tell me anything else about your job)
Animal Experimentation Questions
1. Do you believe animals should be used for experimentation for health and beauty products? Why or why not?
Health yes, beauty absolutely not. You have to think about pros/cons though. Lets say that I wasn't a veterinarian and I had a pet that got really sick. I take him to a vet and they cure him from his illness. Now... how did they do that exactly. No matter if its something as small as a broken toenail to an emergency abdominal surgery, everything that we can do today is a direct result of animal testing and/or experimentation. I believe that some things need to change in terms of handling and caretaking, but for the most part, the researchers are doing all that they can to take care of the animals.
2. Do you think animals should be tested for science uses for testing diseases and genetic changes? Why or why not?
Again, I think without having these animals available, modern medicine would not be what it is today. If it wasn't for these animals in testing, we wouldn't have antibiotics, or cough suppressants, or analgesics (pain meds), or heartburn medication, or anything. I believe that animals are my first love, and I THANK THEM dearly whenever I get heartburn and take an antacid.
3. Do you know whether or not animals are actually "abused" when they are used for experimentation? If so, how? (examples?)
I have never worked in or for a laboratory so I don't know for sure. What I do know is that the reason that these researchers get paid >$100-500K a year is because of their excellent animal handling skills and medical background. You would think that those same researchers wouldn't jeopardize their income by abusing an animal, right? They get paid because of those animals, if they abuse them the testing they are doing might not be accurate and they could lose funding, and even their job. Make sense?
4. If animals came to no harm when being experimented or tested on, would it change your opinion of if they should be used? If so, how?
Well... I don't believe they are being "harmed" right now per se so I'm not sure how to answer this question. What I can say is that the US government passed a legislature that enforces humane euthanasia on any animal (sick or healthy) that has been used three times as test subjects. What this means, is that if the testing was to pluck hairs and see how fast it took them to grow back, and the dog had two other incredibly simple tests done (i.e. pupil dilation or inducing vomiting) in which he/she was back to normal, they would automatically, by law, have to put those animals to sleep. I did not agree on this at all. The least they could have done was have a vet check them out and if they got a clean bill of health, have them adopted out. I am not the law, I just follow it.
5. Do you believe animals being experimented on is a form of abuse? Why or why not?
No. Without animals, this planet we live on would be more infectious and disease stricken than what it is right now.
6. If you have ever seen or heard a case about an animal being experimented on can you please explain it?
(Refer to answer #4... that example was told to me by a collegue at a veterinary symposium in Dallas, TX last year.)
7. Do you believe that testing monkeys with related diseases to AIDS is acceptable in our quest to find a vaccines? Why or why not?
Yes, as long as they do not have to suffer like most human AIDS patients. At least with animals, we can put them to sleep. You can't really do that with a human, can you?
8. Would it be acceptable to test cosmetics on mice, if it does no harm? Explain.
If there was guaranteed proof that there was no harm and that they were released for adoption or lived a "happy" life, why not? (By happy I mean: exercise wheel, chew bricks/logs, plenty of food, companions, toys, spacious/clean cage, medical treatment if necessary, etc.)
9. Things such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and toothpaste came about after being tested on animals. Do you think that people should refain from using then because that's how they came to be about? Why or why not?
Cosmetics I think the world would be better off without. As for pharmaceuticals and toothpaste, I would like to thank the animals
Ramona Said:please PLZ I really need urhelp with summarising this interview
We Answered:STAY FREE!: I've heard that people in more affluent nations are more often treated for mental illnesses like depression than people in nations of low or moderate wealth. So does this mean that there is more mental illness in affluent places or is it just a consequence of poor people not having access to mental health care?
KIRMAYER: I think it's mostly the latter, though in many cases we don't know because there aren't enough epidemiological studies. If you want to make a generalization, then it's probably safe to say that poor countries have more mental-health problems, but by saying "poor" nowadays, you often mean societies where there is a huge level of conflict and violence. So it's not simply poverty--you can have a small, well-integrated rural society where people don't have a lot of material goods but they have excellent mental health.
STAY FREE!: Do people in different cultures commit suicide for different reasons?
KIRMAYER: Yes. Of course, the overriding reason, which is common across cultures, is overwhelming hopelessness and the desire to escape suffering. But there are also socially sanctioned reasons that can valorize suicide; in traditional Japan, suicide was a way of maintaining honor. To some extent, this is still a factor. People who have financial reversals will commit suicide not just to escape the problem but to make a gesture that acknowledges responsibility and hence restores honor in some way. Some of that's been exaggerated. There's been a stock image of the Inuit [the indigenous peoples of the arctic formerly called the Eskimo] as having a tradition of altruistic suicide in which older people sacrifice themselves for younger people. Granted, there were situations in which a whole family was starving and an elder would volunteer to be left behind. But that's a kind of self-sacrifice that people from many cultures could understand if they were facing similarly desperate circumstance so I'm not sure that should be viewed as suicide.
STAY FREE!: Has any interesting work been done on social stereotypes? Like the idea that Eastern European Jews are more neurotic?
Robert Said:what the name of that t.v. show on Dish?
We Answered:The name of the show you are looking for I believe is "Proof Positive"