Please send letter to the editor regarding UVA’s continual use of cats
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I was shocked to learn of the suffering that has been inflicted upon untold numbers of cats for decades by the University of Virginia Medical School and the administration’s stubborn insistence on the continued use of live cats to teach pediatric intubation technique to inexperienced medical residents and EMTs. There are superior, humane, and readily available alternatives, such as the “neonatal simulator,” the Laerdal Neonatal Intubation Trainer. The archaic, inaccurate, and torturous teaching methods practiced currently at the intubation lab at UVA are obsolete, inhumane, and absolutely unacceptable.
As the founder of the growing group of animal advocates from all over the world who are appalled by these barbaric practices, we are committed to persuade UVA President, Teresa A. Sullivan and Steven T. DeKosky, MD, Dean of the UVA School of Medicine, to adopt the alternatives offered by modern scientific technology. We insist that they release into our custody the cats currently used for intubation technique training, and replace their medieval and inhumane intubation lab with purpose-built, anatomically correct neonatal simulators, as are currently in use for this purpose in 95% of North American universities.
128 university medical schools in the US have switched all of their programs to simulators, including neonatal simulators. A recent study has shown that use of simulators has resulted in a 45.5% increase in level of learning and perfection of technique, and 52.2% show the same level of learning and technique when compared to use of live subjects (canine and feline).
We are appalled that UVA would repeatedly put these animals through a procedure, up to twenty times a day, every day, causing them horrible trauma and stress. Furthermore, when done incorrectly, the procedure can cause serious injury to these poor animals.
Why would a prestigious and respected University such as UVA continue to use such archaic training methods when superior and humane alternatives exist? Where is the compassion in these scholars and doctors sworn to uphold the highest of ethics and to “do no harm?”
Animals are sentient beings, capable of thought and emotion, fear, pain, and suffering. We are pleading with the UVA Medical School administration and students to acknowledge these important characteristics shared by humans and animals. We must teach our medical students, who will be dealing with so much human illness and misery, to have a keen sense of empathy and sincere consideration for others’ suffering. Respect for life, compassion and concern for the welfare and right to live free of suffering are necessary qualities for our future health care providers.
(your name), proud member of End the Suffering of Cats at the University of Virginia Medical School (http://www.facebook.com/groups/144828258983731/
(your city, state, country)
you are now a kitten,
lost and scared,
alone and nervous,
then a big two legs
grabs you and drags
you into his lab,
a tube shoved down
as you writhe on
the tables turned
this not so nice.
so UVA stop
no need to think
Karen Lyons Kalmenson