Humane science education: your path to teaching up-to-date life science that respects Indigenous perspectives

Humane science education rests of the core principles of environmental and animal protection, and social justice. 

One key way to achieve humane science education is to replace the use of animals for dissection by using alternatives like virtual dissections and 3D models. Empirical evidence from over 60 academic studies shows that non-animal teaching methods are just as good as, and in many cases better, for science education (at all levels) compared to dissection. Non-animal methods can also save schools time and money, while providing safer, more inclusive educational experiences for students. Furthermore, non-animal teaching methods serve to better represent First Nations perspectives by promoting a more respectful attitude towards animals in science.

This interactive workshop will invite participants to take the seat of a student in a mock guest class on anatomy, body systems, and adaptation to function. Participants will have the opportunity to get first-hand experience with non-animal alternatives for frog, rat, and fetal pig dissection, as well as numerous education tools for human anatomy. The facilitator will also give participants a better understanding of their ethical obligations to uphold the internationally accepted principle of replacement (part of the global ethical guide to using animals in science). 

At the end of the workshop teachers will be given a one-page handout that summarizes all the non-animal methods they interacted with, and will have the opportunity to sign up for a guest class for their school.

Target Audience

Grades 6-12


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Room 706

No prior registration required.


  • Animals in Science Policy Institute
    Elisabeth Ormandy

    Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy is a former neuroscientist who has spent her career getting to know animals better, on their terms. After retraining in animal behaviour, animal welfare, and applied ethics she now uses her science savvy to advocate for the advancement of science without animals. Elisabeth is co-founder and executive director of the Animals in Science Policy Institute (AiSPI), a Vancouver-based national registered charity. A skilled educator, she is an instructor at the University of British Columbia (courses include Ethical Issues in Science, and Non-Animal Methods in Biomedicine), an Advisor to both the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods, and the Humane Education Coalition. She is part of the editorial team for the Alternatives to Laboratory Animals journal, and also gives national policy advice to the Canadian Council on Animal Care on a regular basis.