FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A group of doctors is offering to pay for a surgical simulator if North Dakota State University stops using live animals for its trauma life support training.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says it will pick up the $3,235 tab for the simulator if the university and Sanford Health stop using live pigs for the course. The advocacy group has been working for the last decade to stop the practice, and says North Dakota State is one of the few programs that still uses live pigs.

University officials say the program is committed to the well-being of animals in its care and also providing the best training possible. They say the exercise meets all federal guidelines.

The doctors’ group has organized a protest Thursday on campus.

(© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  1. There is no excuse for torturing a live pig, especially when there are good educational training aides out there already. Shame on NDSU!!!!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Good Question
Best Of Minnesota

Watch & Listen LIVE