PETA Hosts Free Workshop on Replacing Animals in Medical College Courses

For Immediate Release:
5 October 2012

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

In Wake of New Government Guidelines, Programme Trains Faculty and Post Graduate Students in Use of Modern and Humane Teaching Tools

Alappuzha, Kerala – On the heels of the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ issuing guidelines for ending the use of live animals in medical, pharmaceutical, and life sciences courses, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India held a free workshop for faculty and postgraduate students from various medical colleges in Kerala at the Government TD Medical College this week to instruct them how to use modern, humane teaching methods in their undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Speakers included Professor Mohammed Akbarsha of Bharathidasan University and Professor Sandhya Avadhany of St. John’s Medical College.

“The Ministry’s new guidelines ensure that India’s medical colleges train their students with the most modern tools available”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “PETA is pleased to help medical colleges help their students to learn techniques that save human lives without taking any animals’ lives.”

Non-animal medical training curricula have already been adopted in 95 per cent of programmes in the US and in every programme across Canada and the UK. These institutions instead use a combination of didactic methods, human-patient simulators, supervised clinical practice and interactive computer-aided teaching simulations. Modern non-animal medical-training methods have repeatedly proved to be equal or superior to the cruel use of animals.

In January 2012, PETA held free workshops in modern science teaching at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore; Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi: and Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.

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