Applaud Medical University For Ending Animal Testing

Target: Col. George Turiansky, Deputy Director of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Goal: Commend the discontinuation of the use of live animals in training exercises

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland recently announced that they have entirely stopped using live animals in medical training. The government-run military university trains students for medical corps service at home or abroad. The military school is now using computerized simulation procedures in place of the ferrets, pigs, and other animals previously used.

Previously, students performed medical procedures on live animals for training purposes. Students would practice cutting open the chest, abdomen, and internal organs, as well as inserting drainage tubes into closed chests as well as open ones. Pigs were used for surgical procedures while incubation procedures were tested on ferrets. After the procedures, the animals were put to death instead of being stitched and rehabilitated.

The school’s dean has since announced that the use of live animals in training procedures has been fully terminated. In 2000, USUHS began phasing out animal use in favor of more humane procedures. The university planned to take advantage of technological advances in the interest of animal welfare. Beginning this school year, life-like human patient simulators will be used to teach physiology and surgical skills.

Now, there are only four accredited medical schools left in the United States that use live animals for training procedures. With technology, the use of live animals is no longer necessary for adequate and precise training. USUHS’s full switch to simulations will save the lives of hundreds of animals per year. Sign this petition to commend the good example that  the Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences has set by ending the use of animal subjects.


Dear Col. George Turiansky, Deputy Director of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences,

Recently, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences announced the discontinuation of the use of live animals in training exercises. Students would practice inserting tubes and cutting the abdomen, chest, and internal organs of the animals. The animal subjects were then put to death as opposed to being healed and rehabilitated.

Beginning this term, all procedures will now be performed on life-like human patient simulators. These simulators are equally good, if not superior to the use of live creatures. This will end unnecessary animal suffering as well as save the lives of hundreds of pigs and ferrets per year.

I commend your establishment for taking steps to prevent harm to live animals. The use of live subjects is inexcusable with today’s realistic technology. Your university has set a good example for other American medical schools that can end their use of animal subjects as well.


[Your Name Here]

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