PCRM Urges Canadian University to Modernize Pediatrics Training

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PCRM Urges Canadian University to Modernize Pediatrics Training

Laval University in Quebec, Canada, is violating the province’s animal-cruelty law by using and killing piglets in its pediatrics residency program, says a legal complaint the Physicians Committee filed last month.

In Laval’s pediatrics residency program, each resident is instructed to make an incision between a piglet's ribs, insert tubes into the chest cavity, insert a needle into the abdominal cavity, cut open and insert a needle into the animal's veins, and insert a needle under the breast bone and into the sac surrounding the heart. The piglet is then killed and residents are instructed to make incisions in the animal's throat, into which a tube is inserted.

Nonanimal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel but completely unnecessary. Laerdal's infant simulators SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE Healthcare's Babysim, and Simulab's TraumaChild can all be used to teach the procedures taught in Laval's pediatrics residency training.

Ninety-eight percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States and Canada use only nonanimal methods, including all 16 other pediatrics programs in Canada.

To ask Laval to replace the use of animals in its pediatrics residency program, visit PCRM.org/Laval.

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April 2013