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I have found when I was looking veterinary student at ENVA where I undertook a first experimental thesis on achieving abdominal ultrasound-guided biopsies at a time when veterinary ultrasound was an emerging and nascent discipline in veterinary medicine dogs and cats. This first experience traumatized me, the fifteen dogs on which I had worked having been euthanized during the summer. I had then learned with horror that these so nice dogs had no one to take care of them during the school's closure in August: it was the administrative reason for their euthanasia. And that was the reason why I could then autopsy them after taking biopsies on them throughout the year.


I discovered with dismay that in order for scientific knowledge to "progress", it was considered normal, indispensable, inevitable, to kill animals. Doing research, doing science, is based on experimentation. The research experiment is based on the killing of animals.


I had other experiences at the Montreal school where I participated in several research programs: one on beluga whales in the Bay of St.Lawrence, the other on Golden Retrievers dogs (a dozen) on which prosthetic heart valves were placed in the late 1980s, early 1990s.


My last experience in research and animal experimentation took place in the early 90s in a pathology department of a prestigious research institute and hospital in Montreal. At the end of this last painful experience during which I had to put an end to the life of several dozen laboratory rodents, I deduced that despite my passion for science, I could never be a researcher because animal experimentation presented me with an intractable conflict associated with the killing of the animals used.


Ten years later, I had the extraordinary chance to make friends with a renowned scientist, researcher, and primatologist ethologist who had been recruited by ENVA to teach ethology to veterinary students. This man to whom I owe everything is called Bertrand Deputte and I made this extraordinary discovery thanks to him: in ethology, we don't need to kill animals in order to carry out experiments and research. Bertrand Deputte made his career as a researcher in primatology: a primatologist can carry out his research in the natural environment but also in the laboratory, which then obliges him to rear and house colonies of wild but captive individuals.


By taking me to the Canine Science Forum (1st edition) in 2008, Bertrand Deputte allowed me to make this extraordinary discovery: when you do research in companion animals, there is no need to breed and lock up animals. It is enough to appeal to the owners of the animals by asking them if they are willing to engage in non-invasive, painless and non-stressful experiments. I will never have enough gratitude for Bertrand Deputte who made me discover that one could be passionate about science, indulge in experiments without contributing to their suffering and even less to their killing.

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Thierry bedossa

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