I'm a psychology student studying at Swinburne University currently completing a unit in neurophysiology. One of the lab classes involved practicing on muscle tissue from a rat. Because I don't believe it's right to use animals in any way that subjects them to harm, I refused to partake in this class. I expressed my feelings on this issue trough email to the convenor of the unit to which he responded with understanding. I asked him if there was something I could do to obtain the knowledge I would miss out on and complete the assessed component of the lab. He asked to meet with me to discuss it, where he gave me an alternative. He printed off a study very similar to the one performed in the class and asked me to write a summary of the results. He said that I was the first person in five years of his career to not participate for this reason. I was really happy that he went out of his way to devise an alternative method for me. Not only did he find a substitute, but he went to the effort of finding a study that was conducted not on an animal, but a human stomach. This made me really appreciative and thankful that there are people who may not agree with my views on animals or have made a change in their lifestyle to help end the suffering, but will accept and support me regardless. And respect my beliefs and treat me as though I can make my own decisions. I had a really positive outcome and hope that others out there like me who won't compromise their beliefs, receive the same non prejudice help.