Help Stop UMMC’s Cruel and Wasteful Pig Lab

This week the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine filed a complaint with the USDA under the premise that the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Medicine is violating the Animal Welfare Act by using live pigs in training labs for first-year students.

During laboratory sessions, UMC medical students place catheters in the arteries and veins of the pigs, block the animals’ arteries, and inject them with drugs, according to Dr. John J. Pippin of Dallas, senior medical and researcher adviser for the PCRM. 

Under the Animal Welfare Act alternatives to the use of animals should be considered in procedures that are going to cause pain or distress. UMC argues that the pigs are treated humanely and euthanized after the procedures. Despite having advanced simulators readily available, they’re choosing to use 34 pigs a year for the next three years. 

Alternatives, including TraumMan System, Synman and human cadavers have been approved by the American College of Surgeons. 
The study Dying to Learn: Exposing the Supply of Dogs and Cats to Higher Education also found that both medical and veterinary students can learn just as well through alternative teaching methods that can include hands on training at shelters for vet students and simulators for medical students.

Some from the medical community have also spoken out against using live animals for this type of training. Dr. Edward Linkner, a former student at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine spoke out about this practice in the Detroit Free Press. He refused to participate in the dog lab while he was a student and stated that, “it was clear that using live dogs to practice critical procedures meant for human patients is unnecessary and inhumane–and it does not give participants an accurate understanding of human anatomy.”

Please take a minute to make a phone call, write a letter or send an e-mail to UMMC School of Medicine’s dean Dr. James Keeton asking him to end this cruel and unnecessary practice.
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James E. Keeton, M.D.Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State St.Jackson, MS 39216

E-mail: Phone: 601-984-1010


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Elizabeth P.
.7 years ago

already have taken action and will again ... and again ...

Shannon V.
Shannon V7 years ago

Letter sent - I don't get why they even have the option to use animals when there are replica human bodies that no doubt serve the same purpose and more importantly don't harm and torture animals

Ana Ulisses
Ana Ulisses7 years ago

signed with sadness.

Loreto V.
Loreto V7 years ago

Petitions signed and letters sent. thank you for sharing!

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

I don't understand the resistance to using simulators the college already owns! It makes no sense, unless it's just that it's the old way of doing things, so inertia keeps them from adapting to a new world. No excuse, of course.

Sue Crane
Sue Crane7 years ago

This is so unnecessary in a time when there are viable and reusable alternative methods of training, especially for first-year students. It is incomprehensible that animals would be subjected to this kind of torture.

Annie S.
Annie Stewart7 years ago

This subject has been something that I have worked against for almost 5 decades...prompted by working at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and having the unfortunate experience of going through the Dog and Cat Lab! I have signed all the petitions to the institutions of higher learning that were listed at the bottom of the first one...I hope that everyone will take the time to do so. With only 7 universities and less than 5% of the teaching instititions in Advanced Traums still using live animals, real pressure must be exerted to convince them that they must do what is morally right. Then, we need to work on the slaughter industry, because if any of you who respond so quickly to this kind of call really knows what occurs in the slaughter industry, ESPECIALLY in the hog farms and slaughter houses, you would immediately feel the same sense of moral indignation, and, would, hopefully, choose to also speak out for this incredibly cruel part of life and economics.

Manuela C.
Manuela C7 years ago

Done and shared!

Claire A.
Claire Allen7 years ago

Signed and sent

April Thompson
April Thompson7 years ago

Signed and noted!