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Top US medical school bans live animal use

Published 19/05/2016 | 05:21

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has performed surgery on pigs to train students
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has performed surgery on pigs to train students

One of America's premier medical schools has said it will no longer use live animals to train students.

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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore is eliminating a popular, yet controversial course, in which students operate on live, anaesthetised pigs. The pigs are put to sleep after their surgeries.

Medical school spokeswoman Audrey Huang said the course was eliminated after a year-long review board found it was not essential. She added that the course was popular among medical students and had received glowing reviews from alumni.

Johns Hopkins is one of two accredited medical schools in North America that use animals in medical education.

A bill was introduced in the general assembly this year to ban the practice.

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