With reference to the news item "VC agrees to students' demands" Chennai, City, Page 4, February 8, 2007, the Dean of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Lalitha John, says that the mention of students not being allowed to touch animals is baseless.

Students handle animals from first year onwards and gain more knowledge while handling animals during pre-final and final year. While students do watch video films of surgeries, pre-final and final year students help in surgeries and anaesthetisation, she adds.

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