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Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

DOD Funding of Animal Cruelty 2005: Chest Tube Insertion Using the Rabbit Model

Title: Chest Tube Insertion Using the Rabbit Model

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

FY: 2005 Funding (in dollars): 30,500

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


Objective: The purpose of this effort is to train pediatric medicine residents in the proper method of inserting a chest tube. In pediatric medicine, this procedure is performed relatively infrequently; however, when it is employed, it is usually the only means of saving the life of a critically ill infant. Because of the general lack of opportunity to gain experience in this procedure in the clinical setting, specialized training using an animal model is required.

Approach: The model employed in this training is the anesthetized rabbit. The student performs the procedure under the direct supervision of senior medical staff. Once the training has been completed, each animal is humanely euthanized prior to its recovery from anesthesia.

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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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