Senator Ricardo García Cervantes and Dr. Aline Shunemann Hofer, Professor Emeritus of UNAM, presented a plaque on behalf of organizations dedicated to protecting animals (including Faunapolis, Protectora Nacional de Animales, Fundación Tomy y la Federación Canofila Mexicana), to Universidad del Valle de México and the Veterinary Medicine program in the School of Health Sciences for its innovative educational programs that teach without mistreating animals. Traditionally, veterinary students have learned by experimenting on live and dead animals, but UVM has committed that their future students will use different techniques and practices to eliminate animal suffering.
During the ceremony, UVM leaders repeated the importance of investing in the creation of Veterinary Medicine programs that leverage technology so students can learn without having to cause animal suffering. UVM's Veterinary Medicine students demonstrated the use of body painting, body projection and simulators, while faculty discussed how they integrate simulations and technology to ensure students learn about animal anatomy and physiology.
Simulators cost between $80,000 USD and $300,000 USD and can be used for a variety of different lessons, depending on the needs of the class. In addition to reducing animal suffering, students benefit from the use of this advanced technology in that they can repeat procedures over and over until they have developed the skills needed to excel in this field.
UVM employs innovative practices throughout the School of Health Sciences. UVM is the second institution in Laureate International Universities (Universidade Anhembi Morumbi was the first) to employ these innovative teaching and learning practices into their Health Science programs.