In a bizarre display of love, a Polish veterinary student recently stitched the words ‘I Love You’ on to the skin of a dog that he operated on. The fourth year student at the University of Warmia and Mazury, in Olsztyn, then posted the image on to his girlfriend’s Facebook wall, so she could admire his handiwork. The grisly picture was immediately criticized by the couple’s friends and college mates for being grotesque and unethical.
The girlfriend, who is a member of the student council at the same university, defended the photograph: “What’s so unethical about it? He learnt to sew in order to help and is just showing his skill.”
Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way. The university’s head of veterinary studies, Andrzej Koncicki, has now launched an investigation into the incident. “Saying ‘I love you’ is not a bad thing, but the fact that it was stitched into the stomach of an animal does seem immoral and unethical behavior from a student of veterinary science,” he explained.
“One of the first points in the Vet’s Code of Ethics is that a vet practicing his profession of public trust needs professional conduct and good morals. We need to find out more about what happened here,” he added. Meanwhile, commenters have advised the student to delete the photograph because it promotes cruelty towards animals.