Hello, I want to ask around to see if this is something common in other places too.
Here is a common practice from what I see, and it's very disturbing from my opinion. I understand the utility of horse dissection. It's ok to learn on a real horse if you want to become a vet. But I don't understand why you must kill a sound horse in order to study on him. And why on earth you should to this by sectioning the artery in order to drawn all the blood from the body. This means that the horse is killed by sectioning of the artery and he will bleed until death. Needless to say that they won't do anesthesia. They kill the horse like this because they want to use the body without blood in it (coagulated blood). I don't understand how a bit of blood there can affect the accuracy of the study.
Their recent victim was an Holsteiner gelding, 18 years old, 18 hh. He did dressage when he was younger and recently he was a lesson horse.
He was donated to the Faculty of Veterinary studies by the Barn owner where he was somehow abandoned. He was still sound and healthy. There were adoption request for him but they didn't want to give him. So he was killed.
Do you think that this is normal? Do you know if this is a common practice and this is how it's supposed to be killed animals for dissection?