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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Haitham H.
Past Member 6 years ago

Wonderful post
. A lot of useful information here. I'm sending it to a
pals ans additionally sharing in
delicious. And of course, thank you in your

Joy Jin
Joy Jin6 years ago

This is amazing. Thanks for posting. :)

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

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.

Diane b.
Diane b6 years ago

good...hope more follow suit


Claudia C.
Claudia Cavallo6 years ago

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

angela Rehhorn
Angela Rehhorn6 years ago

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?

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

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!!!!

Vivian Gu
6 years ago

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

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

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!