Indiana University Stops Using Cats for Intubation Training

Indiana University has announced it will stop using live cats to train intubation in its pediatric residency program, according to a Petside report.

Following a request by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine for a curriculum evaluation, the university has begun using more contemporary teaching methods such as simulators. The Indiana University School of Medicine's use of animals came under scrutiny after PCRM urged the school to stop using animals. At this time, 94 percent of U.S. pediatric programs were using non-animal education methods.

According to the report, 10 pediatric programs have also confirmed they have stopped using animals in their training since Jan. 2011. These programs include those at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, the University of Arizona and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

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