Beware, the banality of evil.
Some old time vets will hang on to the past, using antiquated techniques and medications, because that’s what “they were taught.” They don’t question what is “normal.” Other vets are more innovative and want veterinary medicine to be as progressive as human medicine. State of the art medicine and diagnostics can really help save lives.
These vets are willing to learn new, life-saving techniques and medications and therefore eschew the old, the less effective or inhumane.
Such is the case with declawing.
Some universities are no longer teaching declawing in their core curriculum courses. Is it because they know that it is not beneficial to the patient? Probably not.
Is it because now that they know better, they do better? Probably not.
Many of these same vet schools are letting their Feline Medicine Clubs offer these “wet labs” so technically, the school can say they don’t teach declawing, but the students who are training to be feline only vets can learn to declaw. (Shouldn’t these students be the first to denounce declawing?)
Do they advertise, “Come mutilate the paws of dead cats so you can practice before you mutilate the paws of live cats. (It’s a necessary evil so that you can have that Mercedes and that vacation and that fancy house.)?”
Some universities, like Tufts, really are not teaching declawing. Is this like human medicine where doctors no longer recommend tonsillectomies to all children? No,
Tufts no longer teaches/offers declawing because if they declawed, it would take away declaw revenue from local vet hospitals!
Why do European universities not offer these barbaric training sessions? They know that it is wrong and thus, no longer teach it.
How can declawing not be considered barbaric at Purdue (so they want to make it easy to learn) but it is absolutely considered barbaric at the Royal Veterinary College so they would never teach it? It’s the same surgery.
Purdue’s small animal hospital performs declawing. Purdue and declawing