A New Jersey hospital that came under fire from a national medical group for using dogs in its residency training program says it will abandon the practice.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, had taken out two train station ads and a billboard to draw attention to the Morristown Medical Center's use of live dogs for medical training.
The signs were located at the Morristown train station and on Interstate 95, near the Newark Liberty International Airport.
In a statement issued by spokeswoman Elaine Andrecovich, the medical center said it would now use both simulators and cadavers in the training.
The live tissue training took place at an offsite facility and surviving animals were euthanized.
Andrecovich said the training program had used four dogs annually.