This section comprises personal accounts of determined veterinary students (or those in allied health fields) seeking humane alternatives at their respective schools; not all these individuals were successful, but all have paved the way for others and we and countless non-human animals owe them a huge debt of gratitude for their courage and convictions. These accounts are intended to provide moral support and ideas for current students faced with the same struggles. The accounts are listed alphabetically by first name. Those taken from the excellent and extensive database provided by InterNICHE are linked here to make it convenient for a student to quickly access this information.

If you are a student and are feeling intimidated or demoralised by the ethical challenges you are facing, you may want to contact Our Honor, a network of professionals who advocate for people in your situation. Their Web address is

If you are aware of any mistakes, or if you are the person involved and do not want your experience listed here – or if you want to provide an update on your situation, including ways students can contact you – please send the information to me for consideration. If you have your own story to tell, please send it to HEVM for consideration.

Below are links to a few of the testimonies provided on the InterNICHE site.

Andrew Knight

Studied at Murdoch University Division of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, Australia.

Anya Feddersen

Studied at University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

Anya Yushchenko

Studied at Kharkov Zoovet Academy, Kharkov, Ukraine and Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada.

Elena Maroueva

Studied at Moscow State Veterinary Academy, Russia.

Jennifer Kissinger

Studied at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America.

Jessica Beer

Studied at Massey University Institute of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Australia.

Kari Pohost

Studied at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America.

Lara Rasmussen

Studied at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California, United States of America.

Linnaea Stull

Studied at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America.

Lisa Elsner

Studied at University of Melbourne, Australia.

Lori Jane Blankenship

Studied at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America.

Lucy Fish

Studied at University of Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science, Australia.

Makiko Nakano

Studied at Azabu University, Sagamihara City, Japan.

Siri Martinsen

Studied at Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine, Oslo, Norway.

Updated 2023-12-17