Once again it was time for the annual Nevis to St Kitts swim here in the Caribbean. 2.5 miles/4.1 km across open ocean, with unknown currents, swell and wind. And a 12 foot hammerhead was spotted on the swim 2 yrs ago. What more could anyone ask for in the way of adventure! I hadn't trained at all, had only 4 hrs sleep thanks to 7th semester banquet last night, and legs were already knackered from hours of practicing our surprise Thriller flash mob routine for the banquet. But heck, you only live once. And so I grabbed my snorkelling gear and trusty underwater camera and headed for the southern tip of St Kitts... Enjoy the photos
Classes in which animals are harmed are controversial within veterinary and other life and health sciences courses. Increasingly, students object to the harmful use of animals, and request humane teaching alternatives (including this author, when a veterinary student, more than a decade ago). This new article
reviews the development of 'conscientious objection' policies designed to accommodate such students within some Australian and American veterinary schools, and examines their underlying legal foundations. It concludes with recommendations for other universities considering how to respond to such cases.