Last US Medical School That Used Live Animals In Teaching Surgery Ends Practice

Cats, dogs and pigs direction no longer be guinea pigs.

Late greatest month, the last medical school in the U.S. and Canada to exercise live animals to teach surgical skills to students — the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga — announced it would stop the practice. 

In an email sent to the Physicians Committee in opposition to Responsible Medicine, which has fought the acting out for years, Robert C. Fore, the interim dean for the medical school at UT, wrote that “potent immediately” the college will no longer conversion to an act live pigs to teach surgical skills to students. Instead they resoluteness use simulators of human bodies that have power to bleed, breathe, blink and have lifelike organs and skin.

“It’s a watershed significance,” John Pippin, a retired cardiologist and monitor of academic affairs for PCRM, told Washington Post. “For anyone who went to medical school in years past it was a usage of passage, often a disturbing ceremonial formulary of passage to use a dog or cat or one more animal in medical courses.” 


A Human Patient Simulator, a computerized mannequin developed to sham the human body in a good for wounds situation.

According to a press absolution by PCRM, pigs, cats, dogs and other animals receive been used to teach physiology, pharmacology, and surgical skills. Students were instructed to use the animals to practice surgical procedures or dart in them with various drugs to overseer responses. After being used for such training procedures, the animals were killed.

Yet, not everything schools used this training technique. The exempt also notes that none of the 44 surveyed healing schools opened after 1979 used live animals, yet the majority of medical schools did appliance them as recently as 1994.

By 2011, alone seven accredited medical schools in the U.S. used live animals towards such practices, according to The Baltimore Sun.

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UT’s ban of using live animals follows Johns Hopkins’ May 18 advertisement that they would stop the exercise because “almost all medical schools obtain stopped using live animals” and “that the continued is not essential.”

Yet, the university stressed that it did not tend hitherward to this decision lightly. In incident, in February, legislation to prevent practice of live or dead animals in sanatory training with a $1,000 fine for those who broke it was proposed in Maryland — and it cited Johns Hopkins in the place of still using live animals. The legislation died in committee, but that that didn’t stop faculty members from the prestigious Baltimore-based therapeutic school from defending the practice.

“There is a realism and a psychological overlay that’s associated with taking care of a active thing that’s not present while performing a task with a simulator,” Dr. Henry Fessler, each assistant dean for curriculum for the sanatory school, said during a hearing, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

Yet, thanks to Johns Hopkins and UT banning the actual performance, that argument that argument is after this inconsequential.

“It gets animals off of harms way and it allows sanatory school students to learn they have power to be great doctors without harming animals,” Pippin told The Washington Post. “The most wise you can say many thousands of animals a year that would be seized of been killed to train medical students be inclined not be.”

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