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    Medical School Stops Training on Animals

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    A Bethesda, Maryland medical school announced that beginning with this school year, they will no longer be using live animals for training.

    A Bethesda, Maryland medical school announced that beginning with this school year, they will no longer be using live animals for training.

    The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences said they began phasing out the increasingly unpopular practice when they opened a new facility in 2000.

    As its name implies, The National Capital Area Medical Simulation Center uses new simulation technologies to train its students in both physiology and surgical practices.

    In the past, pigs and ferrets were among the animals used to teach procedures from infant tube insertion to those involving cutting into the abdomen and organs.

    Reportedly, the pigs were killed following the training procedures.

    An area animal advocacy group, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, says they have been encouraging military and private medical schools to stop using live animals.

    According to the group’s website, there only 4 remaining US schools that do.

    They list them as the Chattanooga campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.