Rats often get a bum rap. That’s why a lot of students enter his labs feeling a little nervous, said Prof. Richard Hein of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Manitowoc.
Hein uses the animals to teach first- and second-year introductory biology, and human anatomy and physiology students all sorts of lessons.
For the nearly 20 years Hein has been using rats in the classroom, he’s gone to the effort of finding them good homes at the end of the school year. Those that don’t go to students are adopted into the community.