PETA Launches First of its Kind Workshops to Replace Animals in Training at St. John’s Medical College

For Immediate Release:

16 December 2011


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

Landmark Programme Will Train Instructors in Use of Modern and Humane Teaching Tools

Bangalore – Beginning in January, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will sponsor a series of free continuing medical education workshops on alternatives to the use of animals in bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) programmes at numerous Indian medical colleges, including at St. John’s Medical College. The programme follows the 2009 adoption of a policy by the Medical Council of India that cleared the way for medical schools to eliminate their use of animals in bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery training programmes. Other schools hosting similar workshops include Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry and Christian Medical College in Ludhiana. Other schools are still being added to the list.

“By progressing beyond the old method of using animals in training, India’s medical colleges will ensure that students are trained with the most modern educational tools available”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “Students across the country should now be able to learn life-saving techniques without participating in cruel classroom exercises that go against the physicians’ mission of helping, healing and saving 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.

The workshops will feature presentations – including demonstrations – by leading medical experts on modern, effective alternatives to animal use. They include John Pawlowski, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School (US); David Dewhurst, PhD, University of Edinburgh (UK); and Mohammad Akbarsha, PhD, Bharathidasan University (Tiruchirappalli, India).

For more information and to register for one of the free workshops, please visit