Mar 1, 2021

Towards a world without animal tests

Henkel supports education of students at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany

The Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, Germany, supports the education of veterinary students with tissue models of the human skin, produced and marketed under its brand Phenion. With this the Phenion team actively lives its vision to work towards omitting animal tests around the globe. “It’s great to see that alternatives to animal testing are part of the academic curriculum. This will definitely increase the awareness of the students for the scientific challenges to replace animal experiments in all fields of application”, Dr. Karsten Mewes, Senior Manager of Alternative Methods and Tissue Engineering at Henkel, stated.

The elective course "Corrosive or not? Career prospects in veterinary medicine" by Prof. Seeger at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover offers students the opportunity to perform an animal-free skin corrosion test by using the epiCS epithelial models. Today, such skin models contribute to the fact that animals no longer have to be used for chemical testing.

Prof. Seeger about the event: "I am incredibly happy that we can give students insight into a professional field that is not so obvious to them during their studies. The development of alternative methods to animal testing is a promising career field for future veterinarians.”

The Phenion team and Prof. Seeger have agreed to continue and even strengthen the good collaboration in terms of student education, but also in respect of future research projects.

More information and details about Phenion and its products can be found at www.phenion.com or www.phenion-us.com.

More information on the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover can be found at www.tiho-hannover.de and on its Virtual Center for Alternative and Complementary methods to animal testing can be found at https://www.tiho-hannover.de/en/clinics-institutes/centers/replacement-and-complementary-methods-to-animal-testing/

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Tissue architecture of the epiCS model (H&E staining)

Tissue architecture of the epiCS model (H&E staining)



Veterinary student conducting the in vitro skin corrosion test with an epiCS model.

Veterinary student conducting the in vitro skin corrosion test with an epiCS model.