Pig Behind BarsUrge North Dakota State University and Sanford Health to End the Use of Live Pigs for ATLS Training

Please ask North Dakota State University president Dean L. Bresciani, Ph.D., and Sanford Health Fargo executive vice president Nate White to replace the use of live pigs in their joint Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 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 animals in the ATLS training program at NDSU and Sanford Health.
  • Your ATLS program is one of only three in the United States and Canada known to use live animals. 
  • The remaining 99 percent of ATLS programs (307 of 309) use only nonanimal training methods, especially the TraumaMan System.
  • TraumaMan is a realistic anatomical human body simulator that has lifelike human skin, subcutaneous fat, muscle, and blood vessels.
  • TraumaMan is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons, the organization that accredits ATLS courses, and is widely used.
  • In 2015, the U.S. military ended the use of animals in ATLS courses in favor of human-relevant medical simulation.

To: Dean L. Bresciani, Ph.D., and Nate White


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