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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