A veterinary student landed in hot water after he stitched the words “I Love You” onto the skin of a dog he had just operated on and then posted a photo of it on Facebook to impress his girlfriend.
The fourth-year student from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland, is now under investigation by school staff after he posted the image onto his girlfriend’s Facebook timeline, mirror.co.uk reports.
Even though the aspiring vet’s friends criticized him for the picture, calling it “grotesque and unethical,” his girlfriend, who sits on a student council, defended the photo: "What’s so unethical about it? He’s learnt to sew in order to help and is just showing his skill.”
But Andrzej Koncicki, the head of veterinary studies at the university, said he will get to the bottom of the incident by launching an investigation.
“Saying you love someone is not a bad thing, but the fact that this was stitched into the stomach of an animal does seem immoral and unethical behavior from a student of veterinary science,” he said. ”One of the first points of the Vets’ Code of Ethics is that a vet practicing his profession of public trust needs professional conduct and good morals.”
According to Metro, Koncicki also questioned why the professional who would have been supervising the surgery did not stop the act and reprimand the student.
"We need to find out more about what happened here,” he said.