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Victory for Ferrets at the University of Washington | Please contact UVA and ask that they replace the use of cats

March 23, 2012

Alfredo Gutiérrez

Please contact UVA president Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D. and ask to replace the use of cats with  human-based medical simulation.

Source: PCRM

I am very excited to be able to share with you another victory for animals. The University of Washington (UW) informed us this week that it has replaced the use of ferrets with human-based medical simulators to teach future pediatricians.

This change is the result of PCRM’s campaign, the support of our members, the hard work of the local advocacy group Seattle Animal Defense League, and the willingness of UW to adopt current best practices. We could not have done this without you, who, along with 59,000 PCRM supporters flooded UW administrators with e-mails and written petitions over the past year encouraging the school to take this progressive step. And UW finally listened!

A UW spokesperson informed PCRM that instead of ferrets “tetherless simulators are being employed at the point-of-care at the bedside to simulate resuscitations and enhance teamwork among healthcare providers.” The spokesperson also stated that “simulation will be a more cost-effective way to train intubation techniques.”

Ferrets used in endotracheal intubation training at UW suffered through multiple intubations and were used for several sessions. Also, some of the animals used were later killed. Fortunately, the school has now joined the 95 percent of pediatrics residency programs in the United States that view nonanimal methods as not only more humane but educationally superior.

While UW has decided to make this necessary change, there are still 9 other schools that need to do so. The University of Virginia (UVA) continues to use cats in endotracheal intubation training. Please contact UVA president Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D., and ask her to replace the use of cats with human-based medical simulation.

a great victory
for little ferrets
we have won
now we move on
to get even
more good

happy ferret friday:-D

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 23, 2012 10:36 am

    a great victory
    for little ferrets
    we have won
    now we move on
    to get even
    more good

    happy ferret friday:-D


  2. March 23, 2012 5:32 pm

    Done, shared and celebrated the victory !!!
    I do love good news, and I love our Team work to save lives xox
    Thank you !!


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