The University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga announced this week that it has ended the use of animals in its medical school courses. This announcement comes just weeks after the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland announced that it was ending the use of pigs as part of its surgical clerkship program.
An overwhelming majority of medical schools in the United States, including Harvard, Stanford and Yale, eliminated most of their reliance on live animals in training medical students, as human-based alternatives are more reliable, cheaper and provide better training for life experience.
Until May, there were only two medical schools in the U.S. that were still relying on live animals as part of their training programs. That number has now dropped to zero.
Thanks to NAVS supporters and animal advocates across the country—including our friends at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine—who helped make this victory in achieving more humane and human-relevant educational objectives possible.