Tell Washington University to End the Use of Cats and Ferrets in Its Pediatrics Residency Program
Action Alert from


Physicians Committee (PCRM)
September 2016


At WashU, live cats and ferrets repeatedly endure having a breathing tube forced down their throats, which can cause tracheal bruising, bleeding, scarring, severe pain, and even death.

This program is an anomaly and a prime example of where decision-makers need to review their policies and modernize their training methods.

cat vivisection

Sign an online petition.

And/Or better yet, make direct contact:

Mark Wrighton, Ph.D.
Officer of the Chancellor
Campus Box 1192
phone (314) 935-5100
fax (314)935-4744
[email protected]

Robert M. Kennedy, MD
Professor, Pediatrics
Associate Director, Educational Affairs Emergency Services
1 Children’s Place
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-6111


We have provided text for you on the online petition, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please replace the use of live cats and ferrets in Washington University’s pediatrics residency training with simulators and other human-relevant training methods.
  • As of Jan. 1, 2015, the Department of Defense ended the use of animals in pediatrics residency programs in favor of human-relevant medical simulation.
  • Washington University conducts the only pediatrics residency training in the United States still using animals.
  • Washington University has already ended the use of animals to teach the same intubation procedures in its Pediatric Advanced Life Support program.
  • Please end this cruel and substandard practice immediately.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!

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