May 16th 2012 5:52 pm
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I'm spitting mad about this one. Cats being used for training purposes. I'm going to copy and paste the top letter.....
Three cats, Alley, Fiddle, and Kiki, need our help. They have been used in cruel trainings for seven years. For the University of Virginia to be deliberately inflicting pain and suffering on defenseless animals in the name of medical education is inappropriate, unjustified, inhumane and archaic. As a practicing pediatrician with years of experience, I have profound concern for the health and well-being of all children, including the smallest premature infants. As a medical school faculty physician with many years experience in pediatric education and training, I have equal concern for the quality of training that aspiring pediatricians receive during their residency. One of the more challenging aspects of this training is acquiring skills and proficiency in performing procedures, especially in very small infants. The importance of perfecting tracheal intubation (passing a breathing tube into the windpipe) cannot be overly emphasized, as it is truly lifesaving.
Many years ago this procedure was taught by practicing on animals (cats, kittens, ferrets, rabbits) whose anatomy was very different from that of a human infant. This ineffective method of training has been replaced in modern times due to new technology in the form of human patient simulators. These simulators, including premature infant models are astonishingly realistic, anatomically correct, and can be used over and over again without causing harm to an animal or human baby. The infant simulators cry, breathe, and turn blue when their airway is blocked. In view of this I find it incomprehensible and disturbing to learn that the University of Virginia pediatric residency program still uses Alley, Fiddle, and Kiki to train pediatric residents.
The overwhelming majority of pediatric residency programs in the U.S. and Canada – 95% in fact – have ceased using animals for training. The path of modern training has moved from animals to more effective human-based medical simulation. Why is it that the University of Virginia refuses to make the change and continues to be in the extreme minority who are holding onto this outdated practice? During their training, residents in their program repeatedly force breathing tubes down the throats of cats, sometimes as many as 19 – 22 times in one day, This can cause bleeding, bruising, scarring, permanent injury and significant residual pain. At least two cats have had their teeth broken and another had adverse effects lasting days. Cats are used over and over again. People who have had a breathing tube inserted for anesthesia during surgery will often tell you that recovering from the tube was as bad as recovering from the surgery.
There! Doesn't that make you mad? Diamond had to take allergy pills for days after her surgery cause of the irritation from the tube and Mom can testify to a really really sore throat after surgery too.
Again, just like the other times..go to change.org click on animals section to your right and it's the top petition right now. You can't miss it.
We signed your petition Zoe!! We sure hope they change their way of doing things very soon. And that those cats have a chance at living a real life...
Mom heard about that in an email today. She's going to sign the petition. So many animals are so abused in this world. Why are they doing that when it's NOT necessary and there are other ways?
That's just terrible! And it seems like it is completely unnecessary.
tanx mew for de heads up zoe, we will be goin over there N hizzez N curses ta de skewl N then sum
Thanks Zoe....heading right over....absolutely abominable!!!!
Glad to see you again sweety