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Ask Laval University to End the Use of Piglets in its Pediatrics Residency Program

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston and the University of Utah have ended the use of animals in medical training programs! But there is still work to be done. Please take a minute to ask Laval University Rector Denis Brière, Ph.D., to immediately replace the use of live piglets in his school's pediatrics residency program.

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 live piglets in Laval University's pediatrics residency training with superior human-based methods.
  • Your university conducts the only pediatrics residency training in Canada using live animals.
  • Simulators like Laerdal's SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE Healthcare's Babysim, and Simulab's TraumaChild system are widely used for this training and can be used to immediately replace the use of piglets.
  • Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.

English translation of message to Dr. Briere:

Subject: End the use of live piglets in Laval University's pediatrics residency program

I am writing to ask that you immediately end the use of live piglets in Laval University's pediatrics residency program. As rector, it is your responsibility to ensure that the university provides the best and most ethical education possible. Medical simulators such as Laerdal's SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE Healthcare's Babysim, and Simulab's TraumaChild system are widely used for this training. In fact, Laval University has the only remaining Canadian pediatrics residency program using animals. Please ensure that humane, modern training methods replace the use of animals in this program.

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