More than 94% of pediatric residency programs in the United States use nonanimal methods in their learning labs. Yet, the University of Washington continues to use ferrets in their labs to teach intubation to pediatric residents.
At University of Washington, breathing tubes are pushed down the throats of live ferrets. This painful procedure is repeated numerous times on each animal and can cause tracheal bruising and bleeding. Nonanimal training methods exist, making this use of animals not only cruel, but also completely unnecessary.
Send this letter to the University of Washington and ask them to stop unnecessarily using ferrets as teaching tools.
Using ferrets in these labs is harmful, and completely unnecessary. Nonanimal methods, including human infant simulators, are used by more than 94% of pediatric residency programs, and UW already has a state-of-the-art simulation center that can easily provide modern, cruelty-free training methods.
It is time to bring UW into the realm of modern medical training—please stop using live ferrets in training labs immediately.