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Animal Awareness : Help End Cruel Dog Lab at New York Medical College
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From: MSN Nicknamemaryjane_‚Ą?/nobr>  (Original Message)Sent: 1/29/2007 2:49 AM
---I was sent this; I also saw it on and reference to the practice in an article about the other school that still uses live animals:

[LAanimalrights] call/email-Live dog lab scheduled 1/29 at NY Medical College

Live dog lab scheduled !! 1/29 at New York Medical College !

Dear PCRM supporter,

PCRM urgently needs your help to stop a cruel and unnecessary live dog lab scheduled to take place the week of January 29 at the New York Medical College. First-year medical students who participate in this physiology lab will use dogs purchased from Class B animal dealers, who often acquire animals through theft and deception and are known to sell lost and stolen cats and dogs to researchers.

Please make polite phone calls to Ralph A. O¬ĘConnell, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine at 914-594-4900 and Gabor Kaley, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Physiology, at 914-594-4087 and ask them to immediately cancel this course and implement humane alternatives. You can also automatically send them an e-mail or fax them at the numbers below:


Ralph A. O¬ĘConnell, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Administrative Building
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914-594-4900
Fax: 914-594-4145
oconnell@nymc. edu

Gabor Kaley, Ph.D.
Chairman, Department of Physiology
Basic Sciences Building
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914-594-4087
Fax: 914-594-4018

Please forward the e-mail to your friends and family and ask them to contact the school as well.

Twenty years ago, live dogs were commonly used in physiology, pharmacology, and surgery classes at medical schools. A standard lab involved anesthetizing the dogs, followed by injecting pharmaceuticals or practicing surgical techniques. After the class, the dogs were killed.

Today, the New York Medical College is one of just two medical schools that continue to use live dogs in physiology courses. Fortunately, more than 85 percent of U.S. medical schools have recognized that there is no need for students to train on live animals to become successful physicians and have eliminated live animal labs from their curriculum altogether. Innovations in medical simulation technology, availability of alternatives, increased awareness of ethical concerns, and a growing acknowledgement that medical training must be human-focused have facilitated this shift.

Learn more about live animal labs and what you can do to help end them. If you have any questions, please contact me at rmerkley@pcrm. org or 202-686-2210, ext 336. Thank you so much for your help.

Best regards,

Ryan Merkley
Research Program Coordinator

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