Bovine dummy models for training of reproduction 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
  • skillslab training
  • dummy
  • Bovine
  • calving
  • insemination
  • rectal palpation
Scientific area keywords
  • Veterinary education
  • clinical training
  • Preclinical model
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 assist the calving process in the cow and how to perform artifical insemination and rectal palpation in cows. Although training on living animals is indispensable, a part of the training process can be performed on bovine dummy models in the skillslab.

Lab equipment
  • Home-made and commercial models:
  • - calf models (adapted from Melissa and Doug and VSI calf) in iron fantom (cow)
  • - adapted Bovine Breeder ( model for insemination and rectal palpation.
Method status
  • Still in development
  • 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 procedures

References, associated documents and other information

Associated documents

Contact person

Annelies Decloedt


Ghent University (UGent)
Veterinary skillslab