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Victory! Two More Medical Schools End Live Animal Labs

The Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Virginia finally ended the use of animals in the training of medical students. PCRM members and supporters made these victories possible, and with your help we will end the last five medical school animal laboratories.

PCRM first sent letters to MCW that explained the benefits of replacing the use of dogs in its physiology course with nonanimal methods. In 2007, after PCRM filed complaints with the federal government and led large demonstrations outside the medical school, MCW replaced dogs with pigs. After continued pressure, MCW ended its use of live pigs and piloted a human- and computer-based program, but still used rabbits, frogs, and rats. PCRM continued to urge MCW to end all animal use. Finally, on June 5, 2012, MCW announced that next year’s medical student curriculum will include no animal labs.

The following day, the University of Virginia School of Medicine informed us of the end of all animal use in its medical school curriculum. The last to go was a laboratory exercise using 120 rats per year to teach microsurgery to medical students.

PCRM continues to urge the five remaining U.S. medical schools with animal laboratories to replace them with modern, cost-effective, and humane alternatives.

To take action against the last five medical schools using animals, visit PCRM.org/MedLabs.



 
 

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