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

Pig and Goat

Please take a minute to ask Vanderbilt University chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and School of Medicine dean Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D., to replace the use of animals in the school’s emergency medicine residency program 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 animals in the Vanderbilt emergency medicine residency program with simulators and other human-relevant training methods.
  • Currently, 91 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs in the United States teach the same procedures using nonanimal methods.
  • Vanderbilt has a state-of-the-art simulation center that, if fully utilized, could replace the use of animals immediately.
  • Vanderbilt’s Advanced Trauma Life Support program teaches the same emergency procedures using simulation, so the school is already experienced in using nonanimal methods for this type of training.


  • Nicholas S. Zeppos
  • Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., Ph.D.


Dear Chancellor Zeppos and Dr. Balser,

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