Ask the Military's Medical School to End the Use of Live Animals
in Student Training
Please take a minute to ask Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) dean Larry W. Laughlin, M.D., Ph.D., to immediately replace the use of live pigs in the school's medical student curriculum. 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 pigs in the USUHS medical student physiology course and surgery clerkship.
- Anatomical and physiological differences between pigs and humans render this type of training suboptimal.
- The use of live pigs in the surgery clerkship and physiology course is unnecessary due to the availability of human-based training methods.
- USUHS is one of only seven medical schools (out of 177) in the United States and Canada to use live animals for training.
- USUHS already has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, so there is no justification for this cruel animal use.