October 2011 – Souce: The Ottawa Citizen
Another two Canadian universities have agreed to stop using live animals in trauma-medicine training courses. Instead, they have started to practice on human-like, computerized simulators instead of pigs or dogs. This means none of the 22 Canadian universities and hospitals that offer the Advanced Trauma Life Support program uses animals any longer. The university’s veterinarian also notes that the conditions under which pigs had been treated – including being anesthitized while trainees operated on them and killed before regaining consciousness – were far more humane than those of hogs slaughtered for meat.