Animal dummy models and simulators for training of bandaging techniques

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
  • simulator
  • skillslab training
  • bandaging
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 perform different bandaging techniques in small and large animals. Although training on living animals is important, a part of the training proces can be performed on dummy models and simulators in the skillslab. Different equine and canine models and limbs are used to exersize different bandaging techniques.

Lab equipment
  • ° Equine models or manikins (commercial: 
  • ° Canine/feline models: different commercial stuffed toy dogs
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.


Further optimalisation of home-made models and purchasing available commercial models. Virtual/augmented reality can be added.

Future & Other applications

Training for lab animal handling/procedures.

References, associated documents and other information

Associated documents
Aanleggen verband paard.JPG
Veterinary skillslab
Skillslab donation page

Contact person

Annelies Decloedt


Ghent University (UGent)
Veterinary skillslab
Flemish Region