Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University

Did you know that the use of high-fidelity simulators is increasing rapidly for veterinary sciences? Check out these recent developments from Cornell University:

The Tetlow and Roy Park Veterinary Innovation Laboratory functions as a classroom and a workshop that will change the way veterinary medicine is taught. The laboratory was built with generous support from the Parks and the Triad Foundation, and is housed in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).



The lab is the brainchild of Daniel Fletcher , a veterinarian and biomedical engineer who teaches and practices emergency and critical care at CVM and Cornell’s Companion Animal Hospital.

Fletcher the engineer was fascinated with the computer-operated human simulators used to train medical students to address symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and labored breathing. Fletcher the educator wondered why there weren’t animal simulators for veterinary students. He purchased a human simulator and began stripping it for parts. The first “smart” pet, a dog, debuted in 2010 . By 2013, Fletcher was heading a simulation center and helping to develop new manikin products!


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Veterinary Simulator Industries – Shoulder Dystocia Simulator

hereford birthing simulator

To remind us how simulation is expanding rapidly into a number of different academic industries, today a video demonstrating a Hereford model dystocia simulator by Dr. Gord Krebs of The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, a product from Vet Simulator Industries.

The application of a wench  device is necessary to help when there is a dystocia, which I think anyone would agree would be best to practice first on a mid fidelity simulator before performing a live procedure. Kinda makes you realize we aren’t alone in our little world of using healthcare simulators!

About Vet Simulator Industries

Veterinary Simulator Industries Ltd. creates animal simulators that allow veterinary students to become proficient in their diagnostic and practical skills without the need to endanger or cause unnecessary discomfort to live animals. Our simulators are designed with a unique partnership between professional designer/fabricators and veterinary professionals to create teaching tools that are realistic in appearance, highly functional, utilize durable materials and meet the needs of veterinary students and teachers. All VSI products are designed, crafted and manufactured in Canada.

There are a number of other videos there including a calf birth simulator with bovine dystocia, breech birth, and even a milking simulator! Check out the other Vet Simulator videos here.

Visit the Vet Simulator Industries Website to learn more and have a great weekend!

Cornell Builds Pet Manikin For World’s First Veterinary Simulation Center

Clinical simulators have expanded into the veterinary sector!

cornell pet simulator

Yesterday’s press release announces that “The Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) is assisting the College of Veterinary Medicine in the development of robotic pets (robo-pets) for Cornell’s new veterinary simulation center, the first to incorporate robotic high-fidelity canine and feline simulators. Read more from the Cornell press release Cornell scientists develop next generation robo-pets”.

The Cornell Chronicle online news page further explains that “Cornell’s new simulation center includes two fully equipped exam rooms, two rooms for live video-feed observation and debriefing, and space for storage and developing new models, like a new robotic cat and a more advanced dog.”

A more advanced canine simulator named “Butch” is already in the works, which I am sure will be an amazing learner tool with international success!


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