April 12, 2000
Ms. Barbara Ross-Lee, Dean
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Grosvenor Hall, Room 204
Athens, Ohio 45701
Dear Dean Ross-Lee:
Recently I learned some distressing news about animal labs that have been taking place in Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. The specific experiments involved live pigs which were used to demonstrate heart functions and for invasive surgery demonstrations. I am writing to you today, Dean Ross-Lee, to ask you to consider discontinuing animal labs in your College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Many universities and colleges now utilize alternate (non-animal) methods for class demonstrations and hands-on education such as cadavers for their medical schools including the prestigious Harvard Medical School. From what I've read on the results, students report a better understanding of lessons and comprehension of the human physiology with the human subjects. Non-human animal/mammalian subjects may share basic physiology with the human animal, but they are simply not similar enough to justify their use in medical training for human patients.
Additionally, unnecessary, redundant experiments and/or surgeries on animals are cruel and teach a bad ethical lesson to students pursuing careers of compassion in the field of medicine.
Please consider implementing a more humane and effective teaching method in your medical school.