The University of British Columbia (UBC) Holds First Animal-Free Essential Surgical Skills Course

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Until now, the Essential Surgical Skills Course, which is designed for rural family medicine physicians, subjected live pigs to a dozen invasive procedures.

In January, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington DC-based organization, approached the course directors at UBC, supplying them with detailed information on which simulators are appropriate for the procedures they teach.

The Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society of BC is proud to have played a role through our negotiations with UBC for many years and by connecting the key players in these discussions.

Then, at the end of May, the course went off without animal use, to positive feedback from trainees.

We congratulate the UBC course directors for being open to innovative training techniques. Sadly, many more animals remain in use in teaching, training and experimentation at the hands of the university and its researchers – more than 151,000 animals at last report.

It is time for British Columbia’s researchers, teachers and academic administrations to end the use of animals in experimentation and training on moral, scientific and ethical grounds.            

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