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Military Training

Human-based medical simulators are standard for 98 percent of civilian trauma training programs – why, because they provide the most effective and efficient training. Yet most U.S. military medical personnel continue to be trained on goats and pigs.

This effort would improve medical training for the military’s first responders while replacing unnecessary animal sue.

Only four programs in the U.S. refuse to use human-relevant medical simualtors for Advanced Trauma Life Support training.

Animals Used in Experiments

After more than 20 years, the experiments at Wayne State have contributed nothing to treatments for patients suffering from heart failure or hypertension.

Superior modern testing methods exist that could replace the use of dogs for drug testing.

Reform Chemical and Cosmetics Testing

Include language in the Personal Care Products Safety Act to require companies to use nonanimal testing approaches and ban the sale and import of animal tested cosmetics.

Ask your Senators to ensure public health protections by limiting animal testing in a recently introduced bill.

Sign up and let us know if you are willing to meet with your congressional representatives in their local offices.

Advanced Trauma Life Support Training

UW is the only paramedic program in the country known to use animals instead of modern training methods.

Ask the University of Toledo (UT) College of Medicine and Life Sciences to replace the use of pigs in the school’s Emergency Skills Laboratory with validated human-based training methods.

The hospital refuses to join the 98 percent of Advanced Trauma Life Support programs in the U.S. and Canada that exclusively use an American College of Surgeons-approved simulator for courses.

When Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital exclusively use medical simulators for ATLS courses there is no reason for Baystate to use live animals.

North Dakota State University (NDSU) is one of the last remaining ATLS programs in the U.S. or Canada to use animals instead of simulators.

UTMB is the only ATLS program in Texas (out of 14) that refuses to use modern medical simulators like the TraumaMan System.

Medical Schools with Live Animal Laboratories

The Chattanooga campus of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine uses animals to teach human medicine when every other program in the state uses human-relavent methods.

Johns Hopkins is among a tiny minority (just 1 percent) of U.S. medical schools that refuses to teach medical students using 21st century methods such as simulators.

Pediatrics Residency Programs

Washington University uses cats and ferrets to teach intubation to pediatrics residents when 98 percent of programs in the U.S. and Canada use human-relevant methods.

Laval University is the only pediatrics program in Canada that uses animals to teach human medicine.