Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland Ends Use of Animals
Memorial University of Newfoundland Raises the Bar on Humane Medical Education Until recently, Memorial University of Newfoundland�the largest school in the Atlantic Canadian region�offered more than 10 medical courses that used animals in procedures ranging from chest tube insertions to invasive surgery techniques. More than two-thirds of all U.S. medical schools, including those at Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, and 11 Canadian medical schools do not use any animals in their educational curricula.
When PETA learned about Memorial University's heavily animal-based medical curriculum, we sent school officials an urgent plea alerting them to the many non-animal teaching methods that are available. After considering these alternatives, the university's vice president wrote to us and agreed that the use of animals for educational purposes should stop, writing the following:
[T]he use of animals for teaching purposes has been eliminated from the undergraduate medical program of Memorial University with one exception. Fully-validated non-animal-based alternatives to that laboratory are being explored. If successful, it is possible the use of animals for teaching purposes in this program could be completely eliminated by the 2007-2008 academic year.
Memorial University's decision adds another prominent participant to the growing trend of moving away from the use of animals in medical education.
What You Can Do: Please write to Memorial University and thank the school for choosing to end the majority of its animal-based medical courses in favor of more humane non-animal methods. Also, politely ask that the school move swiftly to adopt a non-animal alternative to its one remaining undergraduate medical course that uses animals:
Christopher Loomis, Ph.D.
If you know about a university course that uses live animals for teaching purposes, politely speak or write to the instructor and ask that he or she use more humane non-animal methods instead. If the instructor dismisses your concerns, take your complaint to the president of the university�and remember to be polite!
If you still keep running into resistance, please let us know details about the animal-based course, including the names of the university, course, and instructor(s) as well as information about how the animals are used. We will help you work to get non-animal methods implemented in the curriculum.