Use of Live Cats for Medical Training Sparks Controversy

By: CBS
By: CBS

A controversial teaching tool at the University of Virginia is getting the attention of Charlottesville's commonwealth attorney.

The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed a criminal complaint saying the use of live cats for pediatric training is a violation of the state's animal cruelty statute.

The University of Virginia Medical Center says they use live cats to "save the lives of the tiniest patients who are at risk of dying."

The school says no cats have died or suffered permanent injuries as a result of the training.

UVA is one of only 11 U.S. pediatrics residency programs that uses live animals for training.


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  • by I Arlyin Location: Florida on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    Animal cruelity, using live cats to teach veterinary medicine-- Why not ? You know some people are completely ignorant, they will gag on a gnat and swallow a camel. Animal cruelity is when the animal catcher goes out catches cats,dogs and brings them to a shelter. Some of these animals are wild, not adoptable, instead of them neutering or spaying the animals then setting them free where they found them. They put them to sleep. Now that is cruelity. You are not giving the animal a chance at all.I had rather someone neuter or spay a dog or cat and just turn it lose rather than kill it.So if you're going to kill it any way, why not teach students how to take care of other animals rather than letting the animal die for nothing.
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