Urge the University of Toledo to End the Use of Animals for Emergency Medicine Training
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org


Physicians Committee
February 2018


Please take a minute to ask University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) Emergency Medicine Department Chair Kristopher R. Brickman, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., to replace the use of pigs in the school’s Emergency Skills Laboratory with validated human-based training methods. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of pigs in the UTMC's Emergency Skills Laboratory with human-based simulators.
  • Today, 91 percent of surveyed U.S. emergency medicine residency programs teach the same procedures without killing animals. And it is virtually unheard of to train paramedics using animals, as shown by our survey documenting that 139 of 140 surveyed paramedic programs use only nonanimal training methods.
  • UTMC admits in its animal use protocol that all reviewed published studies "concluded that the humane methods were adequate to achieve the desired skills."
  • UTMC has a $36 million state-of-the-art simulation center that could replace the use of animals immediately.


And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Kristopher R. Brickman, MD, FACEP
Chair, dept. of Emergency Medicine
(419) 383-6307



I am writing to ask that you modernize and humanize medical training at the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) by ending the use of animals in your Emergency Skills Laboratory. As the Principal Investigator in charge of this protocol, I know that you have the authority to make this change immediately.

The Emergency Skills Laboratory uses pigs to provide continuing education credits to a variety of first responders, in addition to training emergency medicine residents. UTMC is providing substandard training to all these participants, as evidenced by the 99 percent of 140 surveyed paramedic programs and 91 percent of surveyed emergency medicine residency programs that use only nonanimal training methods. UTMC already has a $36 million state-of-the-art medical simulation center, so there is no justification for this continued use of animals.

Please end this practice immediately.

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Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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