Canine dummy models and simulators for training of basic clinical examination skills
Scope of the method
- Animal health
- Education and training
- Animal derived cells / tissues / organs
- veterinary medicine
- clinical examination
- canine model
- Veterinary education
- clinical training
In the skillslab, dummy models and simulators are used for teaching various clinical skills. The veterinarians in training need to learn how to perform a basis clinical examination of a dog. Although training on living animals is indispensable, a part of the training proces can be performed on canine dummy models and simulators in the skillslab. A home-made low fidelity canine model is used to learn the position and palpation technique of peripheral lymph nodes. Furthermore auscultation of the heart can be trained on a commercial high-fidelity simulator and a commercial model is also used to assess the body condition score.
- ° Home-made low fidelity models: canine dummy model to palpate the peripheral lymph nodes
- ° Commercial high-fidelity models: Goldie-K9-breath-hearth-sound-simulator (https://rescuecritters.com) and Royal Canin BCS palpation model
- 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.
Training for canine lab animal examination.
References, associated documents and other information
Skillslab donation page
Contact personAnnelies Decloedt
OrganisationsGhent University (UGent)