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Institution: California State University, San Bernardino, CA 92407
Course Title: Ethics and Animal Use in Science (Biol. 590: Senior Seminar)
Instructor: Richard Fehn, Ph.D., Department of Biology, (909) 880-5310
Summary: Examines the scientific, philosophical and political issues surrounding the use of animals in science, how animal models are selected, and alternatives to animal use. Each meeting is used to address a set of related questions about one aspect of the topic. Selected readings provide a foundation for student panel discussions of the issues. Research proposals are also evaluated. Questions addressed include:
- Why are animals used for experimentation?
- What moral obligations do we have to animals?
- What is pain and distress?

Institution: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4801
Course Title: Physiology of Welfare (BioSci 711)
Instructors: Katherine Houpt, 607-253-3450, [email protected]
Summary: A seminar course for 1 credit in which the latest literature on animal welfare is read and discussed. The course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates who have had a course in physiology or endocrinology. Each student is responsible for leading the discussion on one or two weeks of the semester. Taught periodically.

Institution: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Course Title: Issues in Animal Welfare (Biology 325L)
Instructor: Ruth E. Chodrow, Biology Department, 540-568-2840, [email protected]
Summary: Examines the biological basis of animal welfare. Topics include the evolution of domestic animals, physiological and behavioral measurements of stress, welfare assessment, and pain perception. Case studies examine the use of animals for companionship, food, medical research, and entertainment.

Institution: University of North Carolina, Wilmington
Course Title: Animals in Society (HON 120; BIO 485)
Instructor: G. Robert Weedon, DVM, MPH, Honors and Biology, 910.297.2771, [email protected]
Summary: Animals in Society explores the impact of the human-animal relationship. We begin by looking at the history and domestication of animals, the role of pets in society, the significance of the human-animal bond and its importance in animal behavior and euthanasia. We will discuss how animals entertain and serve us, their role in medicine, both in research and pet-facilitated therapy, as well as such controversial topics as the economics of farming and animal rights. Other areas of interest will include animal shelters, public health and zoonotic diseases and veterinary medicine. Students are involved in several field experiences to augment the appropriate topics of class discussion. The semester culminates with a Saturday daytrip to the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro, including a behind the scenes tour of the medical facilities.

Institution: Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC 28815
Course Title: Animals and Society
Instructor: Bob Eckstein, Department of Biology, P.O. Box 9000,

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704-298-3325, ext. 452, [email protected]
Summary: Explores a variety of issues regarding the relationship between human and non-human animals. Topics include animals in research and education; philosophies of animal rights and animal use; animals in entertainment, agriculture and wildlife issues; pet ownership; and cross-cultural comparisons. Discussions revolve around ideas introduced through readings, videos, and presentations by guest speakers.

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