Dog sacrificed for sales demonstration

In an unprecedented exercise, a neurosurgeon at Cleveland Clinic violated the Clinic's animal use code, but perhaps not federal law

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Kerry Grens

Kerry served as The Scientist’s news director until 2021. Before joining The Scientist in 2013, she was a stringer for Reuters Health, the senior health and science reporter at...

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The United States Department of Agriculture and Cleveland Clinic are investigating an incident in which a neurosurgeon induced an aneurysm in an anaesthetized dog to demonstrate a medical device to sales people, and later destroyed the animal. The incident, which Cleveland Clinic reported to the USDA last week, at the very least violated the Clinic's official rules, but perhaps not federal law. "Cleveland Clinic does not allow procedures with animals for the sole purpose of sales training," according to a statement Cleveland Clinic Emailed to The Scientist. "The situation that occurred yesterday was unauthorized and not in compliance with our policy." According to news reports, the neurosurgeon requested permission from Cleveland Clinic's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to use the dog, but did not receive a response by the time of the sales demonstration. The clinic had approved the neurosurgeon's use of a dog to...

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