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Ask Laval University to End the Use of Piglets in its Pediatrics Residency

Please take a minute to ask Laval University Faculty of Medicine Dean Rénald Bergeron, M.D., to replace the use of piglets in its pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods. This action alert is in French and we provided a translation of the message below. 

English Translation

Subject line: Please End the Use of Live Animals in Laval’s Pediatrics Residency

Message body: I am writing to ask that you immediately end the use of piglets in Laval University’s pediatrics residency program. As dean, it is your responsibility to ensure that Laval provides the best education possible. Simulators such as Laerdal’s infant simulators SimBaby and SimNewB, CAE Healthcare’s Babysim, and Simulab’s TraumaChild, are available and widely used for the procedures taught in this course.

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Veuillez cesser l'utilisation d'animaux vivants dans le cadre du programme de résidence en pédiatrie à l'Université Laval.

Dr. Bergeron,

La présente a pour objet de vous demander de cesser immédiatement l'utilisation de porcelets dans le cadre du programme de résidence en pédiatrie de l'Université Laval. En tant que doyen, il vous incombe de veiller à ce que l'Université Laval offre la meilleure formation possible. Des simulateurs tels que SimBaby et SimNewB de Laerdal, Babysim de CAE Santé, et Trauma Child de Simulab sont disponibles et couramment utilisés pour les procédures enseignées dans ce cours.

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