Survey Shows Most Canadian Universities No Longer Use Live Animal Laboratories in Medical School Curricula

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According to this 1992 survey by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), 11 out of 16 Canadian medical universities no longer use live animals in their curricula.

Most Canadian medical schools (11 out of 16) are using alternative teaching methods and are no longer using live animals. The schools identified that did use live animals include the University of British Columbia (using about 25 live pigs each year in its undergraduate medical program), the Memorial University of Newfoundland (also using pigs), and the University of Western Ontario in London.
At the time of publication, 34 of the 126 medical schools in the U.S. used live animals. At 33 of these U.S. schools, students could choose whether or not to participate in a live animal laboratory.

Spot Check Number: 678
Sponsor: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Researcher/Author: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Animal Type: Research Animals
Research Method: Unknown or Not Applicable
Geographic Region: International
Population Descriptors: Canadian medical schools
Year Conducted: 2002

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