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 the dog, followed by injecting pharmaceuticals or practicing surgical techniques. After the class, the animal was killed.

Today, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is one of just a few medical schools that still use animals in these cruel and unnecessary exercises.

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. Johns Hopkins is one of only two medical schools left in all of the United States and Canada (out of 187 schools) using animals to teach surgical skills to students.

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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