A physicians group filed a federal complaint to stop the University of Virginia from using cats in their medical training.
A physicians group looking for alternatives to animal experimentation is seeking to stop the University of Virginia School of Medicine from using live animals in their pediatrics residency programs.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. It's asking inspectors to look into UVA's use of cats in training residents how to insert breathing tubes in newborns.
The advocacy group alleges that the program violates the federal Animal Welfare Act by using live animals, rather than widely used patient simulators.
A spokeswoman at the university wouldn't comment on the federal complaint.