Canine dummy models for training of oftalmoscopy and otoscopy
Scope of the method
- Animal health
- Education and training
- Animal derived cells / tissues / organs
- veterinary medicine
- skillslab training
- 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 do an oftalmological and otoscopic examination. An important part of this training proces can be performed on dummy models in the skillslab.
- Home-made models:
- - canine model for fundoscopic examination (see reference)
- - canine models for otoscopic examination
- 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.
- 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.
Training for lab animal surgical procedures.
References, associated documents and other information
J Vet Med Educ 2015;42(2):133-9. doi: 10.3138/jvme.1014.100R. Validation of a model for teaching canine fundoscopy. Nibblett et al.
Contact personAnnelies Decloedt
OrganisationsGhent University (UGent)