During orientation I asked a 2nd-year student in my course about dissections. She had told me that there were animal dissections, but there were also alternatives available.
But, when I asked my lab supervisor about it today, he said that he was pretty sure that the dissections have been completely replaced by computer simulations this year
That sure put a big smile on my face, to hear that not just me but EVERYONE in Foundation Year Health labs were no longer cutting up real rats! Just thought I'd share the good news.
And for all the high-school biology students out there, you now have further proof that dissection isn't necessary to learn - if university-level medical science students don't need to do it, you guys certainly don't!