Professor Rick Hein talks rats on Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Rats are an essential component of scientific research understanding diseases and discovering new treatments. After the study is complete, unfortunately, most rats are euthanized. But there’s a movement to see those rats—and other laboratory animals— adopted as pets instead. Far ahead of this movement, UW-Green Bay Prof. Rick Hein, began running his Adopt-A-Rat program for almost 20 years and was recently interviewed on Top of Mind with Julie Rose on BYU Radio (SirusXM 143). In this interview, Dr. Hein discusses why and how his freshmen and sophomore students use animals in course research projects, the importance of animals in research, and his Adopt-A-Rat program. Listen to the interview podcast.

Top of Mind with Julie Rose is a daily, live news talk and interview show heard nationally on BYU-Radio’s satellite channel (SiriusXM 143), online at and via iTunes or TuneIn Radio apps from 4 to 8 p.m. ET.

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