The School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins has officially stopped using live animals in surgical training labs. In previous years, students performed operations on pigs under anesthesia. The animals were later put down.
The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education created a task force last year to determine the necessity of using live animals. Members consisted of students, faculty educators and Johns Hopkins staff.
Earlier this year, the task force found that the lab is not mandatory for the successful future of a medical student. As a result, the school decided to forfeit the lab altogether.
A bill was introduced into the General Assembly earlier this year to ban the practice. Johns Hopkins was only one of two North American schools still doing it.