Urge the University of Toledo to End the Use of Animals for Emergency Medicine Training

Please take a minute to ask University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) Emergency Medicine Department Chair Kristopher R. Brickman, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., to replace the use of pigs in the school’s Emergency Skills Laboratory with validated human-based training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of pigs in the UTMC's Emergency Skills Laboratory with human-based simulators.

  • Today, 91 percent of surveyed U.S. emergency medicine residency programs teach the same procedures without killing animals. And it is virtually unheard of to train paramedics using animals, as shown by our survey documenting that 139 of 140 surveyed paramedic programs use only nonanimal training methods. 

  • UTMC admits in its animal use protocol that all reviewed published studies "concluded that the humane methods were adequate to achieve the desired skills."

  • UTMC has a $36 million state-of-the-art simulation center that could replace the use of animals immediately. 


  • Kristopher R. Brickman, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.

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