Victory: University of Michigan Ends Live Dog Lab

After receiving over 20,000 emails, the University of Michigan’s Graduate Medical Education Committee decided to make the compassionate choice. No dogs or other animals will be killed in the school’s Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course, according to a university statement.

A handful of institutions continue to use live animals even though the American College of Surgeons, the ATLS oversight body, has approved non-animal models like the TraumaMan System, Synman, and human cadavers for these courses. Across the United States and Canada, the vast majority of ATLS courses–more than 90 percent–are taught using only human-based simulators. That makes sense. Afterall, these medical professionals are supposed to be learning how to provide humans with life support, not dogs.

This successful email campaign was spearheaded by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group of professionals who organize against animal testing and advocate a low-fat, plant-based diet as a way of preventing a big chunk of medical issues. Founded in 1985, PCRM is a non-profit with programs that combine the efforts of medical experts and grassroots individuals.

With this victory under their belt, PCRM is now eying the University Hospital in Newark, part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). That school continues to use live pigs for their course, despite the availability of humane, non-animal alternatives. The hospital’s next ATLS course is scheduled for March 13. PCRM is now calling on compassionate people to email, call, or write to UMDNJ president William Owen Jr., M.D., and politely ask him to end animal use in University Hospital’s ATLS course. Here is his contact info:

William Owen Jr., M.D.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
65 Bergen St., Room 1535
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07107-3007
Phone: 973-972-4400

Every day we are getting closer to a world without animal testing, but it will still take many more campaigns like this one, as well as petitions, protests, direct action, lifestyle changes, and legislative changes to completely end animal testing.

Thanks, JulieAnn
, for bringing this to my attention.

photo cred: copyright Simulab Corporation 2009


Jim Fowler
Jim Fowler7 years ago

Addendum....all for the stop of purposeless animal deaths, hell I have a dog a kitten myself....but just please a medical provider, I think the training learned from procedural labs, combined with the fact that 90 or more percent of the dogs that are used, are not stable pets, due to unfortunate abuse....

Outweighs the matter of death, and it is very well done, with no pain to the animal(they are sedated heavily).

Jim Fowler
Jim Fowler7 years ago

I am not a fan of this site, first and foremost....but I can at least respect where you are trying to come from. Knowlege is power, and Ignorance is bliss.

Everyone is on the bandwagon of putting dogs before people's lives, is what I am gathering? I actually worked a few ATLS classes, and the sorriness that I felt for having to euthanise the dogs was only met with the realization that these dogs would probably be the ones who would bite a 5 year old and either disable the child, or kill the child.

These dogs are NOT your friendly pups, and as unfortunate as it is...if it saves a life, and makes medicine a better thing, for the residents who may have to do a procedure on your family? Perhaps you may think differently. Burn me at the post if you will, but don't forget please...that this is not intentional practice, but for the good of the human race...and if you chose to put animals in front of the welfare of either a small child, normal every day dude, or an elderly man or woman....perhaps you could think about, rethinking your priorities.

Gretchen Hoshida
Gretchen Hoshida7 years ago

I truly believe it is time, all labratories, especially those for cosmetics stop using animals as a basis for their experiments, these animals have rights, god gave them life, not to be sujected to intense pain and often death, because of these inhumane experiments, Please support this cause.

nat r.
Natalia R7 years ago

I'm so happy to read this!!

Ingrid James
Ingrid James7 years ago

how could there even be a percentage of people who would vote "yes" for live animal testing and experimentation . probably the same people who condone bear bile farms, mink farms, puppy mills etc -how do you sleep at night? but beware of that word " KARMA " it will get you in the end

Kathryn F.
Kathryn S7 years ago

Huzzah!!! Now onto ceasing this practise all together..."The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated".
-Mahatma Ghandi.

Vera T.
Vera T7 years ago

A bit of good news at last - why did it take so long ? now for the rest of the world

Steve B.
Steve Bentley7 years ago

This is one more example of the failure of our institutions to move forward. Thank goodness it is starting to happen. Nothing should have to suffer to keep us alive.

martine t.
martine t9 years ago

all i can say is YEAH,HIPHIP HOORAy.

Charmaine Gonzalez
Marie Gonzalez9 years ago

One of the good reasons for all kinds of animals, including my cats, to be happy. :)