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No more dog sacrifices in med schools

The new year began with a piece of good news. Case Western Reserve School of Medicine will end cardiology lessons wherein students examine the beating heart of a live dog, which results in the animal’s death. This brings an end to the long-standing tradition of using live dogs in all American medical schools.

According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which tracks “live dog labs,” med students overwhelmingly supported finding alternatives to live animals. It’s hard to know if the ethical concerns alone would have turned the tide, but advances in medical simulation technology and computer-based interactive learning, plus a push for human-based models sealed the deal.

Learn a little more about the recent history of using of live animals, and particularly dogs, in medical schools.

Lisa Wogan

January 2, 2008 in Dogs and science, Humane, Science | Permalink


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This was a big issue with UC Davis in California a few years ago.

Many people had no idea they used live animals from the Sacramento Animal Shelter at their School of Veterinary Medicine.

Not sure if they stopped this barbaric practice....

Posted by: Urban Pets | Jan 8, 2008 11:36:10 AM

Thank God! I can't believe that this kind of practice was allowed to carry on so far into the twenty-first century.

I am constantly amazed at some of the ways dogs are treated in North America. Shelters gasing dogs, dead dogs in dog food, and now this.

Perhaps I am just too naive. Here in Sweden we've a tradition of human rights but we're also pretty good to dogs it seems.

Posted by: Jon | Jan 2, 2008 11:09:18 AM

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