Animal dummy models and simulators for training of injection techniques and intravenous catheterisation procedures

Scope of the method

The Method relates to
  • Animal health
The Method is situated in
  • Education and training
Type of method
  • Other


Method keywords
  • veterinary medicine
  • dummy
  • skillslab training
  • injection techniques
  • catheterisation
Scientific area keywords
  • Veterinary education
  • clinical training
Method description

In the skillslab, dummy models and simulators are used for teaching various clinical skills. The veterinarians in training need to learn how to administer intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal and intravenous injections to different animal species. Furthermore, they need to learn intravenous catheter placement and infusion techniques. An important part of this training process can be performed on dummy models and simulators in the skillslab.

Lab equipment
  • Commercial dummies:
    • - silicone dog and cat manikins (for intramuscular injection) (
    • - stuffed toy dogs and cats (for subcutaneous injection)
    • - canine cephalic vein model (for intravenous injection and catheterisation) (
    • - pig model for intradermal injection
  • Home-made dummies:
    • - small breed canine cephalic vein model
    • - canine jugular vein model
    • - equine and bovine jugular vein model
    • - model for chipping of a puppy
Method status
  • History of use
  • Internally validated

Pros, cons & Future potential


The use of educational animal models in a skillslab offers a number of significant advantages:

  • - Reduced use of laboratory animals and reduced discomfort for patients, as procedures can be practised on dummy models and simulators before performing them on a live animal.
  • - Teaching of clinical skills in a quiet and safe environment, reducing anxiety and stress for the veterinary student.
  • - Complex practical skills can be split into a number of small steps when practising them in the skillslab.

High cost of models, clinical training on live animals needed as well. Creating and repairing the home-made models is time consuming for a large group of students.


Further optimalisation of home-made models and purchasing available commercial models.

Future & Other applications

Training for lab animal surgical procedures.

References, associated documents and other information

Associated documents
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Contact person

Annelies Decloedt


Ghent University (UGent)
Veterinary skillslab