In response to questions raised this week about the treatment of animals within its Department of Veterinary Technology, Medaille has released the following statement.
Medaille College’s Veterinary Technology Program trains students to aid animals and society by providing excellent care and service for animals by alleviating animal suffering and by promoting public health. Medaille does not do animal testing of any kind, and the program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Medaille graduates, as licensed veterinary technicians, are employed in many occupations working to maintain the good health and welfare of animals. Essential tasks required in Medaille’s curriculum for proper housing and high standards of medical care are specifically related to the animal species listed in the AVMA standards for veterinary technology programs.
Medaille animals are cared for by a staff of five NYS Licensed Veterinarians and five Licensed Veterinary Technicians, all with many successful years of veterinary clinical experience. The welfare of all animals on campus comes under the direct jurisdiction of the NYS Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These state and national governing agencies conduct a minimum of one yearly inspection of program facilities and the protocols describing the procedures used for student learning and the housing requirements for each individual species.
Cats and dogs used in the Veterinary Technology Program are fully vaccinated and tested for common diseases found in each species, consistent with the high quality of animal care practiced by pet owners. Cats and dogs remain on campus for one academic year, and are neutered and spayed prior to being adopted out. Medaille has consistently found wonderful homes and families to adopt all cats and dogs that have been used in the program since its inception.
Medaille’s Veterinary Technology Program adheres to all regulations as outlined in the federally-enacted Animal Care and Welfare Act. Locally, the program is supervised by an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee that contains two public members, not connected to Medaille, who are from the Buffalo area.
An advisory board comprised of veterinarians with various specialties, veterinary technicians, program graduates and outside public members oversees all aspects of the Medaille Veterinary Technology Program.