Medical Schools Replace Animal Labs
With the help of our members, PCRM is winning the campaign to end the use of live animals in medical school education. In 2005, we confirmed that eight more medical schools have replaced these inhumane courses with more effective teaching methods.
Twenty years ago, live dogs were commonly used in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery labs at medical schools. The animals were killed after the lab exercises were over. As PCRM helped bring this practice to light, some schools switched to using pigs, ferrets, or other animals in an effort to lessen public scrutiny and criticism. But most schools eliminated the practice altogether.
In 2005, PCRM was able to verify that schools across the country have eliminated animal labs or are moving away from their use:
- Howard University and Brown University confirmed in writing that their schools of medicine no longer use live animals.
- Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine also assures us that it no longer uses live animals.
- The surgery department of the University of Texas, San Antonio, has abandoned three live animal labs involving goats.
- Four more osteopathic medical schools, including the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, have confirmed that they have eliminated their live animal labs. Only two of the 20 U.S. osteopathic schools continue to offer live animal laboratories.
Today, more than 80 percent of medical schools in the United States have eliminated live animal laboratories from their curricula.
How You Can Help
Unfortunately, a small percentage of U.S. medical schools continue to use animals in such courses. To end this outdated and inhumane practice for good, we need your help.
PCRM Online, December 2005