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Hi, I have just started studying biochemistry at university, but the first couple of years the course is very general with biology and chemistry lectures. We have been told that we are doing a rat dissection and a heart dissection. I am a meat eater, but I don't support animal testing. I feel comfortable doing the heart dissection as organs are a by-product of the meat industry, but rat dissection feels wrong (mass produced for the purpose of dissecting them). Doing biochemistry I don't think it would be useful for me to take part in the lab session, but it would be great to know what other people feel about this topic.
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Animal models are an important part of Bioscience research, including (perhaps even particularly) Biochemistry. What do you think they're going to do, round up everyone with a given type of cancer and start injecting them with untested compounds?

Given that Biochemistry has an especially strong research orientation compared to most Bioscience courses, if this an issue for you then you might want to reflect on your long term goals and how this particular degree fits into them, given you heavily limit the roles you could potentially pursue depending on the scope of your objection to animal research.

If you just want to learn about chemistry perhaps in some way related to biological systems, then you may want to consider changing to a Chemistry degree. A Biochemistry degree is in essence a degree in fundamental biology supported by core chemistry knowledge, not a degree in chemicals that relate to biology. As such the "bigger picture" is important to Biochemistry as it is the context in which Biochemists work.
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