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Success! Three University Medical Centers End the Use of Animals in Training Courses

Success! Three University Medical Centers End the Use of Animals in Training Courses

We can all agree that every doctor needs to be trained in the latest and most effective life-saving techniques, but animals shouldn’t be harmed in the process. Now three new universities have to come to that same conclusion.

While many medical training centers use Simulab’s TraumaMan System simulator, a life-like dummy that can more realistically mimic real human symptoms and complications during Advanced Trauma Life Support courses, a few still use animals as training tools, mostly dogs, goats and pigs.

Thanks to the hard work of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and over 29,000 wonderful Care2 members who signed this petition, three new universities have ended their use of animals as medical training tools!

Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have promised to end the cruelty against animals and invest in more ethical ways of training doctors to save lives. 

On behalf of the animals that will go on to live long and full lives instead of being a teaching aid, thank you, Care2 animal lovers!

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12:12AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Wonderful post
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6:23AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

This is amazing. Thanks for posting. :)

12:41AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

7:34PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

HIGH TIME!!! Keep up the work so that ALL institutions stop using live animals. There are perfectly good computer simulators to do this work, and simple inertia keeps these places using live animals, much to our disgrace, as the rest of the industrialized nations have stopped it.

5:39AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

good...hope more follow suit


6:31AM PDT on Jul 1, 2011

I'm glad to read this but I agree with who says this is just a promise, I hope they will really do it.I cannot accept that My health depends on the suffering of some poor animal. I'm vegetariana and think animals derserve our respect and we have to do the most for them, since we consider ouirselves the intelligent ones and not make all is possible to make them suffer

2:21PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

I was forced to disect a baby big in a grade 11 high school course. terrible experience, and high school students do not need this kind of training, I think its time for a new petition?

1:33AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

es una excelente noticia para mi y para y todos los animales que usaban en todo eso ahora ya ningun animal sufrira de ese lugar sufrira eso grandioso!!!!

7:59PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

That's great!!! I m happy for the poor animals that were used in the process!!

6:08PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

The article said the institutions "promised to end cruelty" but hey, to PROMISE doesn't mean they'll make it!!! I agree with Bill - this article is misleading. I am against using animals for tests or anything involving them suffering, I became a vegan just to help them. It's ridiculous that humans think they're better than other species. Animals don't commit mass murder, don't destroy their environment or annihilate other species!! We're the dumb ones!

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