Cat intubation

Tell Washington University to End the Use of Cats and Ferrets in Its Pediatrics Residency Program

Please take a minute to ask Washington University chancellor Mark Wrighton, Ph.D., and Associate Director of Educational Affairs Robert M. Kennedy, M.D., to immediately replace the use of live cats and ferrets in the 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 cats and ferrets in Washington University’s pediatrics residency training with simulators and other human-relevant training methods.
  • As of Jan. 1, 2015, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in pediatrics residency programs in favor of human-relevant medical simulation.
  • Washington University conducts the only pediatrics residency training in the United States still using animals.
  • Washington University has already ended the use of animals to teach the same intubation procedures in its Pediatric Advanced Life Support program.
  • Please end this cruel and substandard practice immediately.


  • Mark Wrighton, Ph.D.
  • Robert M. Kennedy, M.D.

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