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September 16, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

USA: Following Public Outcry, UVA Halts Live Animal Use for Surgery Training

USA: Following Public Outcry, UVA Halts Live Animal Use for Surgery Training
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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit with more than 12,000 doctor members, is congratulating the University of Virginia (UVA) for ending the use of live animals in its surgery residency program.

Via telephone, the Physicians Committee learned that a 2019 federal complaint filed by the group and subsequent media coverage caused the Department of Surgery to reevaluate animal use and eventually end the practice.

Previously, residents at UVA were instructed to cut into live pigs to practice open and laparoscopic procedures, including making multiple incisions to insert surgical tools in order to perform procedures on the bowel, liver, kidneys, and spleen. UVA was approved to use up to 32 pigs per year for this training.

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