Replacing Animals in Secondary Education

At AiSPI we’re working hard to replace animals in secondary education by helping teachers make the switch to non-animal alternatives to dissection. If you value this work, please consider supporting us with a donation.

Resources for Teachers

Are you a science teacher looking for ways to switch to non-animal alternatives for dissection? If so, we’ve got you covered!

Note: this database was designed for UBC students, but is still useful for secondary school education!

Research

We are currently engaged in several different research projects to explore the issue of replacing animals in secondary education.

We have been awarded a Vancouver Foundation Develop grant to conduct a survey of BC teachers and the BC public to evaluate people’s views towards dissection and to identify support that teachers might need to make the switch to non-animal alternatives. We are working with local polling company Insights West.

The BC Foundation for Non-Animal Research have granted us funds to host an expert working group on replacing animals in secondary education. The working group will be help on August 25th 2017 and will bring together international experts on this issue.

Through the Lush Cosmetics Charity Pot program, we are funded to conduct a study comparing the educational merit of virtual dissections compared to traditional dissections using animals. We are currently inviting teachers in the Lower Mainland to support us with that study.

Events and Outreach

We have been working hard to support and engage teachers and students in schools across Greater Vancouver. Some highlights include:

Science World Teen Tuesday events – for these events Science World restricts access to high school students and teachers. We are delighted to have been invited back for a second year, and will be attending events in 2017.

BC Teachers’ Federation New Teachers’ Conference – we were accepted for a workshop at the 2016 and 2017 conferences, and will be applying to be part of the conference again in 2018.

BC Science Teachers’ Association Catalyst Convention – we were invited to attend last year’s Catalyst Conference, and we ran an exhibit booth for the event. We had over 2 pages of sign ups for either information sessions or guest classes! We are delighted to have been accepted to be part of the 2017 conference in August.

Surrey Teachers’ Association Convention – we attended the 2016 and 2017 Conventions and will be hopefully be back next year with an exhibitor booth and workshop for teachers.

Handsworth Secondary Be Aware Fair – the wonderful students at Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver put together a great event in 2016 that we were invited to be a part of. We had the chance to speak to students and teachers at the school and demo some non-animal methods for science education.

Argyle Secondary Sustainability Fair – an amazing student group at Argyle Secondary School in North Vancouver curated an event in 2016 that we were invited to. We put up our exhibit booth and provide demonstrations of non-animal methods for science teaching.