However, public reaction to the YouTube video, posted by a Buddhist animal rights vegan group, has already prompted at least one council to stop giving dogs to UQ.
The move has angered Dr Filippich, who said the practice was essential to student learning.
"They are given to us on the understanding that they would otherwise be euthanased," he said.
"When we do take them, we don't necessarily euthanase them. We will rehome some.
"The YouTube video is counter-productive to the work we do and causing unnecessary anxiety.
"We'd love these people to get the facts. They only have half the story. It's offensive."
Dr Filippich said the number of live animals used in classes was strictly controlled by a university ethics committee.
A youtube video (available on the site linked above), posted by a Buddhist animal rights vegan group (ahhhh), prompted at least one council to stop giving the dogs to UQ.
Brisbane City Council will vote in coming months on whether it should continue giving unwanted dogs and cats to a university for surgical operations before they are put down.
About 40 of the dogs were re-homed or used in "non-invasive" pet food trials.
The remaining 360 dogs were sedated and operated on by veterinary science students and then euthanased with an overdose of anaesthetic, the committee heard.
Labour councillor, Steve Griffiths, called for the experimentation to end.
"The feedback we have from the RSPCA is that it's cruel, outdated and there are other alternatives," he said.
"There are 92,000 dog owners in Brisbane and they need to send a clear message to the Lord Mayor that this practice needs to stop."
I'm sure that some of the 92,000 Brisbane dog owners would prefer to take their ailing pets to vets who know what they are doing and have had the best hands-on training.
I'm also pretty sure that they wouldn't be the ones with the dogs who are roaming the streets and being picked up by the council and ending up on "death row".