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Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

DOD Funding of Animal Cruelty 2005: Ferret Endo-tracheal Intubation

Title: Ferret Endo-tracheal Intubation

Research Category: T1: Training, Education, and/or Instruction for Personnel

FY: 2005 Funding (in dollars): 61,000

Primary Contact: See Responsible Organization Information
City: Wright-Patterson AFB
State: OH
Zip: 45433-7902


Objective: The objective of this effort is to train pediatric medicine residents the techniques used to intubate newborn human infants. Endotracheal intubation of infants is often conducted under emergency life or death situations. The attending physician must be highly skilled in this procedure regardless of his or her previous experience in pediatric medicine. The anesthetized ferret is the animal model used in this training.

Approach: During the training, the anesthetized ferrets receive the same care as would be afforded a human newborn; the animal's mouth is opened, the epiglottis is reflected forward, and a small tube is gently inserted into the animal's trachea. The tube is then withdrawn and the animal is allowed to recover from anesthesia. The ferrets are not harmed in any way and they do not experience any pain or distress as a result of this procedure.

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Rats, mice, birds, amphibians and other animals have been excluded from coverage by the Animal Welfare Act. Therefore research facility reports do not include these animals. As a result of this situation, a blank report, or one with few animals listed, does not mean that a facility has not performed experiments on non-reportable animals. A blank form does mean that the facility in question has not used covered animals (primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, pigs, sheep, goats, etc.). Rats and mice alone are believed to comprise over 90% of the animals used in experimentation. Therefore the majority of animals used at research facilities are not even counted.

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