The Latest: Brown U responds to criticism over use of pigs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on Brown University facing criticism for using live pigs in medical training. (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital say they abide by all federal regulations and follow strict protocols when using animals for training in emergency medicine.

An advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says the university in Providence is violating federal law by using live pigs for training. The group on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to investigate animal use at the Warren Alpert Medical School at the Ivy League university.

Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital are partners for biomedical research, teaching and clinical programs. They said in a joint statement Wednesday that they're committed to ensuring the highest ethical standards in the responsible use of animals.

The committee advocates for eliminating the use of live animals in any medical training and promotes the use of simulators that replicate the human body instead.

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5:45 a.m.

An advocacy group says Brown University is violating federal law by using live pigs for training in emergency medicine.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to investigate animal use at the Warren Alpert Medical School at the Ivy League university.

A medical school spokeswoman says she didn't know about the complaint and didn't immediately respond to questions about the use of pigs. The school's website says its residency education includes hands-on animal labs.

The committee advocates for eliminating the use of live animals in any medical training and promotes the use of simulators that replicate the human body instead.

It says most emergency medicine residency programs in the United States and Canada use medical simulation or cadavers.