Tell Johns Hopkins University: Stop Using Animals for Medical Training

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Help us end live pig labs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Twenty years ago, live animals were commonly used in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery classes at medical schools. A standard lab involved anesthetizing a dog, followed by injecting pharmaceuticals or practicing surgical techniques. At the end of each session, the animals were killed.

Today, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is one of only two medical schools in the United States and Canada (out of 197) that still use animals to train students.

Fortunately, most schools have eliminated live animal labs from their curriculum altogether. Innovations in medical simulation technology, availability of alternatives, increased awareness of ethical concerns, and a growing acknowledgement that medical training must be human-focused have all facilitated this shift.

Please take a minute to ask Johns Hopkins University vice dean for education Roy C. Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., to immediately replace the use of pigs in the school’s medical student surgery clerkship.

Learn more about live animal labs and what you can do to help end them. If you have any questions, please contact me at or 202-527-7307. Thank you so much for taking action.





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