Animal Testing: Fistulas
The dairy industry is always looking to improve the rate at which cows convert grass into milk and other means of maximizing profit. As such much of the animal testing carried out in New Zealand is for the agricultural sector and more specifically dairy farming. A common experiment involves the use of a fistula. This is a hole into the cow’s stomach that allows researchers to observe and ‘fiddle’ with the cow’s digestion of grass. In 2008 we took the following footage of a fistula at Lincoln University.