What have you done in this situation?
(I hope this isn't considered off topic.)
(Edited to add: Thanks for your suggestions, but I guess maybe I wasn't clear. I wanted some dialogue with someone who had actually been through the process who is vegan. The class is not a class where substitutions would be possible. A friend of mine has been through the class and they don't give a crap if you're vegetarian. It's one of the best programs in the country, and in a lot of the culinary world you're not taken seriously if you ask for special priviledges, and I'm not about to do that. Apparently I'd have to touch and cook the meat, but hopefully not taste it, someone in my group can do that. The course outline is here if you'd like to see what I'm up against.
Anyhow, it'll just be a month, I can live with it, I guess.)