Situation in the Czech Republic: An Example of a Country in Transition
Exploring alternatives to laboratory animals in education is less important in the context of the number of animals used than from the point of view of society’s attitude toward this issue. The situation at the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové has changed, mainly as a result of a Joint European TEMPUS Project. The most important result of this project was general incorporation of alternatives into the curricula at our faculty. There are several standard features of the curricula at the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové: no use of dead animals for dissections; no use of animals for surgical training; no harmful use of living animals; clear and thorough consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of alternatives; and practical experience with alternative in vitro methods for each student.