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

Please take a minute to ask University of Toledo (UT) president Sharon Gaber, Ph.D., and College of Medicine and Life Sciences dean Christopher J. Cooper, M.D., 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 University of Toledo's Emergency Skills Laboratory with human-based simulators.
  • Currently, 87 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs (117 of 134) in the United States teach the same procedures without using animals.
  • UT admits in its animal use protocol that published studies “concluded that the humane methods were adequate to achieve the desired skills.”
  • UT already has a $36 million state-of-the-art simulation center that could replace the use of animals immediately.


  • Sharon Gaber, Ph.D.
  • Christopher J. Cooper, M.D.

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