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Help End Live Animal Labs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Can you help us end the live animal lab at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine? Twenty years ago, live animals were commonly used in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery classes at medical schools. A standard lab involved anesthetizing the animal, followed by injecting pharmaceuticals or practicing surgical techniques. After the class, the animal was killed.

Today, Johns Hopkins still offers this cruel and unnecessary exercise. Johns Hopkins is the only top-20 ranked U.S. medical school to use live animals in its medical student curriculum. The school uses pigs in its third-year surgery rotation lab multiple times throughout the school year. Pigs are highly intelligent, social animals who have been shown to be more intelligent than dogs. Animal behavior experts agree, and scientific evidence suggests, that pigs are very smart and sensitive animals.

Read Dr. Barbara Wasserman's op-ed in The Baltimore Sun about why Johns Hopkins should end its live animal labs. The Johns Hopkins News-Letter, a student-run publication, ran this excellent editorial on March 27 about PCRM's doctor-led event at the Johns Hopkins and why the school should stop using live animals to teach the basics of surgery.

Call, e-mail, fax, or write a letter to Dean Edward D. Miller, M.D., at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and politely ask him to end the school’s live animal lab program. Being polite is the most effective way to help these animals.
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Edward D. Miller, M.D.
Dean of the Medical Faculty
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
733 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
T: 410-955-3180
F: 410-955-0899

Fortunately, more than 90 percent of schools have eliminated live animal labs from their curricula altogether. Innovations in medical simulation technology, availability of alternatives, increased awareness of ethical concerns, and a growing acknowledgement that medical training must be human-focused have all facilitated this shift. Only 7 out of 126 medical schools in the United States still use live animals in their curricula.

Learn more about live animal labs and what you can do to help end them. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Merkley at or 202-686-2210, ext. 336.

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