• Question: Do you harm any animals at your work?

    Asked by Jimmy to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 25 Apr 2016. This question was also asked by giraffe1234.
    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      I don’t work with animals other than humans, and we don’t hurt them, promise!

    • Photo: Stephanie Moon

      Stephanie Moon answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      I don’t do animal work, I stick with cells. There are officials at the university that make sure animals are treated properly during research though to minimize harm.

    • Photo: Kevin Baker

      Kevin Baker answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      Same as Stephanie, if I use mice, there is a veterinary staff that ensures the safety and proper treatment of any animals used in experiments. It is illegal to harm an animal for no reason and without proper procedure.

    • Photo: Kellie Jaremko

      Kellie Jaremko answered on 25 Apr 2016:

      I do not currently work with animals. When I did and if I do in the future, like Kevin, we work with a veterinary staff to limit the amount of pain and suffering any animals experience. We also limit the number of animals used to the minimum amount needed to answer a given research question, as well as seek out alternatives if we can. All experimental animals are raised for this in a lab and are well cared for before, during and throughout any study.

    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 26 Apr 2016:

      I usually work on computers and don’t have interactions with animals. We are starting some projects where we are analyzing DNA from different reptiles. To get the DNA, we have a protocol approved to collect blood samples, if the animals are coming in to the veterinarian for another reason (so as not to stress the animals), and will only collect a small sample that will not harm the animal.