Unique Workshop To Replace Animals In Training Classes At JIPMER And Other Colleges Is A PETA Project

For Immediate Release

16 January 2012


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Dr Chaitanya Koduri; [email protected]

Landmark Programme Trains Instructors in Use of Modern, Humane Teaching Tools

Pondicherry – This month, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is sponsoring 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. The series is the first of its kind in India and will be introduced at Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in Pondicherry on 17 January. It was developed after the adoption of a policy by the Medical Council of India in 2009 that cleared the way for medical schools to end all use of animals in MBBS training. Schools presenting the professional advancement workshops include All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, St John’s Medical College in Bangalore and Christian Medical College in Ludhiana.

“By relegating the use of animals in training to the history books, India’s medical colleges will ensure that students are given the most modern educational tools available”, says PETA India Science Policy Adviser Dr Chaitanya Koduri. “Students across the country can now learn life-saving techniques without participating in cruel classroom exercises that defy the physicians’ Hippocratic oath of helping, healing and saving lives.”
In the US, non-animal medical training curricula have already been adopted in 95 per cent of programmes and are 100 per cent in use in Canada and the UK. Institutions in these countries provide students with the latest training methods, including human-patient simulators, supervised clinical practice and interactive computer-aided teaching models. Non-animal training methods have repeatedly proved to be superior to those that use animals.

The workshops will feature presentations and demonstrations by leading medical experts, including John Pawlowski, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School (US); David Dewhurst, PhD, University of Edinburgh (UK) and Mohammad Akbarsha, PhD, Bharathidasan University (Tiruchirappalli, India).

The workshop will be held on 17 January 2012 from 9 am to 6 pm at Conference Hall, Super Speciality Block, Jipmer. Should you wish to arrange an interview with a speaker, please contact PETA.

Additional information about the workshops, a photograph of a human patient simulator that can be used instead of animals and the program schedule are available from PETA upon request. For more information, please visit PETAIndia.com.