- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on hospital using animal for medical training (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

A New Jersey hospital is stopping the use of live animals - including dogs - in its residency training program.

Thursday’s announcement comes after a physicians’ group placed ads asking for the facility to halt the practice.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine had put ads in two NJ Transit train stations and leased a New Jersey Turnpike billboard accusing the hospital of practicing invasive training procedures on live dogs.

The hospital says it has now determined the use of animals isn’t essential for training emergency physicians.

The medical center will begin using either simulators or cadavers for the specialized training.

The physicians’ group says it congratulates the hospital’s leadership for making a “scientifically and ethically sound decision.”

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Noon

A physicians’ group is placing ads asking a New Jersey hospital to stop using live animals - including dogs - in its residency training program.

The Daily Record reports a billboard installed near Newark Liberty International Airport shows an image of a dog and a message that reads: “Morristown Medical Center: Don’t kill man’s best friend for medical training.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has erected ads at two NJ Transit train stations and leased a New Jersey Turnpike billboard accusing the hospital of practicing invasive training procedures on live dogs.

The hospital says emergency medicine residents learn common procedures at the hospital using medical donors or human simulators.

Officials say they use “live tissue” at an off-site facility to learn a small number of “rare, life-saving procedures.”


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