Posted by: kinshipcircle | November 22, 2009

ASK TEXAS TECH TO END CAT LABS FOR GOOD

11/17/09: Ask Texas Tech To End Cat Labs For Good

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Mary Croyle, Managing Director, Communications and Marketing
3601 4th Street Stop 6235 / Lubbock, TX 79430-0002
ph: 806-743-2143 ext. 227 * email: mary.croyle@ttuhsc.edu

Danette Baker, Associate Director, Communications and Marketing
3601 4th Street Stop 6235 / Lubbock, TX 79430
ph: 806-743-2143 * email: danette.baker@ttuhsc.edu

John Charles Baldwin, M.D.
PRESIDENT’S OFFICE — HSC
3601 4th Street Stop 6258 / Lubbock, TX 79430
ph: 806-743-2900, 806-743-2370 * email: john.baldwin@ttuhsc.edu

Steven Lee Berk, Academic Dean
Texas Tech University / 3601 4th Street, Stop 6207 / Lubbock, TX 79430
ph: 806-743-3000 ext. 4106 * email: steven.berk@ttuhsc.edu

Kent Hance, Chancellor
Texas Tech University / Lubbock, TX 79409
ph: 806-742-0012 * email: kent.hance@ttu.edu

Professor James E. Heavner
Anesthesiology Department LBK GENL
3601 4th Street Stop 8182 / Lubbock, TX 79430
ph: 806-743-2916 ext. 258 * email: james.heavner@ttuhsc.edu

Professor Rial Dewitt Rolfe
Vice President, Academic Services LBK
3601 4th Street Stop 6298 / Lubbock, TX 79430
ph: 806-743-2905 * email: rial.rolfe@ttuhsc.edu

Texas Tech University, Animal Care Services
Box 43132 / Lubbock, TX 79409
ph: 806-742-3722 ext. 286 * IACUC coordinator: iacuc@ttu.edu

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Dear Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center:

I understand that after two decades, Tech University Health Science Center
(TTUHSC) has not purchased cats for research from Odessa, Texas Animal
Control this year. I hope TTUHSC has joined over 90% of U.S. and Canadian
facilities that use simulated models for medical training courses.

I am surprised that TTUHSC relies upon old-fashioned animal experiments in
the first place. Please permanently replace animal labs with synthetic
models like simulators and manikins.

Though human-focused tools yield data more relevant to people, TTUHSC
courses have featured a drill in which students drive plastic tubes down
cats’ windpipes, causing them to bleed or swell. Constant intubation can
scar throat tissue and lead to collapsed lungs or death.

Cats have also undergone a procedure that pumps air into their chest
cavities. Trainees try to extract the surplus air via an inserted needle.

Animal-free learning methods cut overhead to confine, feed and destroy cats.
A timely New England Journal of Medicine article highlights the “very
detailed feedback and…more subtle measurement of trainee performance”
gained from virtual reality simulators. The article concludes: Inanimate
models are “safe, reproducible, readily available, and cost-effective.”

Moreover, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart
Association — the agencies that sponsor most pediatric life-support courses
nationwide — don’t promote animal use. They advocate synthetic models that
give students an accurate depiction of human, not feline, anatomy.

Please let me know if TTUHSC has, in fact, replaced live cat use in medical
training with superior and humane non-animal technologies.

Thank you,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Has Texas Tech Quietly Stopped Killing Cats?
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2695
Live Cats Used in Cruel Training Courses at Texas Tech
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2081
Public records show Texas Tech uses live cats in medical training
http://www.texaswatchdog.org/2009/05/public-records-show-texas-tech-uses-live-cats-in-medical-training/

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