Tell University of Virginia to Stop Using Cats

  • by: Nyack Clancy
  • target: University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D

The University of Virginia continues to use live cats for pediatrics residency programs, even though 94% of pediatrics residency programs in the United States use human-based methods for this type of training.

The use of live animals for this purpose is cruel and outdated. UVA already has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods, so there is no justification for the continued use of live cats.

We ask University of Virginia (UVA) president Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D., to replace the use of cats in UVA's pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods. Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.

University of Virginia
President Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D
Madison Hall
P.O. Box 400224
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4224
PHONE: 434-924-3337
FAX: 434-924-3792 Jon Bowen
Senior Assistant to the President
PHONE: (434) 982-2332
EMAIL: jdb4d@virginia.edu

The University of Virginia continues to use live cats for pediatrics residency programs, even though 94% of pediatrics residency programs in the United States use human-based methods for this type of training.


The use of live animals for this purpose is cruel and outdated. UVA already has a state-of-the-art medical simulation center that can easily provide nonanimal training methods, so there is no justification for the continued use of live cats.


We ask University of Virginia (UVA) president Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D., to replace the use of cats in UVA's pediatrics residency program with validated human-based training methods. Please end this cruel and unnecessary practice immediately.


University of Virginia
President Teresa Sullivan, Ph.D
Madison Hall
P.O. Box 400224
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4224
PHONE: 434-924-3337
FAX: 434-924-3792 Jon Bowen
Senior Assistant to the President
PHONE: (434) 982-2332
EMAIL: jdb4d@virginia.edu

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