ROOTSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is calling on the Northeastern Ohio Medical University in Rootstown — commonly called NEOMED — to stop using animals in surgery training programs.

The Physicians Committee has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture requesting NEOMED be investigated for violating the Animal Welfare Act.

The committee claims live pigs are used at NEOMED for invasive procedures as part of training. The animals, according to the committee, are then killed after the training.

Columbus Dr. Angie Eakin stated, “There’s no reason to use animals to teach surgery. NEOMED appears to be stuck in the past.”

Roderick Ingram, NEOMED’s chief marketing officer, confirmed that NEOMED does use animals in its surgical training but said they follow the guidelines of several organizations that deal with laboratory animals.

“Every animal used in the training receives humane, high-quality care, including the use of anesthesia with ongoing monitoring to prevent pain and distress in surgery,” Ingram said.