Med School Will Stop Killing Dogs

Heart studies using live canines set to end next month
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2008 2:58 PM CST

The last US medical school to sacrifice dogs so doctors-in-training can examine their beating hearts will end the practice next month, reports the New York Times. Medical students typically use echocardiograms to study hearts, and the subjects are live medical students. Students will “become just as good doctors without" operating on dogs, said one professor.

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland is the last school to phase out the use of dogs. In November the last of New York's 12 medical schools announced it was closing its dog lab. Of all 126 American medical schools, 11 still use other animals for teaching. (More Man's best friend stories.)

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