CU Boulder’s plan for animal testing won’t change Aurora’s med school

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AURORA | A review of some animal testing procedures at University of Colorado’s Boulder campus likely won’t extend to the Anschutz campus in Aurora, a school spokesman said.

CU officials said last month they would review their policies surrounding animal testing in undergraduate classes. The review, which is expected to look at whether there are other tools besides testing on live animals that could accomplish the same academic goals, comes after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint with the school about its testing procedures last year.

Dan Meyers, a spokesman for CU at Anschutz, said that unlike the Boulder campus, classrooms at Anschutz do not use animals in undergraduate classes, just in some post-graduate classes to teach physicians and research staff certain research techniques.

The school has a committee tasked with looking into its use of animals in research and for teaching purposes, but Meyers said there would not be any review at Anschutz based on what’s going on at the Boulder campus.

“We have reviews every three years, but are not doing a special one now,” he said.

The committee regularly looks at whether there is a need to use animals in the proposed teaching and research activities, Meyers said, and if there are suitable alternatives.

Justin Goodman, director of lab investigations for PETA, said the animal welfare group is glad to see the Boulder campus take a look at its testing procedures.

“We’re pleased that they have taken our concerns seriously,” Goodman said.

At CU’s Denver campus, undergraduate classes already have scrapped any animal testing in the classroom, though animals are still used in some research projects there.

Goodman said PETA hopes the Boulder campus takes similar steps, and the Denver and Anschutz campus scrap their animal testing altogether.

“Time and again comparative research has shown that using non animal methods to teach … are more effective,” he said.