Dummy models for surgical training in the veterinary skillslab

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
  • suturing techniques
  • aseptic surgical preparation
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 basic and more complex suturing techniques and how to do an aseptic surgical preparation. A large part of this training proces can be performed on dummy models in the skillslab.

Lab equipment
  • ° Home-made silicone suture pads (adapted from www.smooth-on.com)
  • ° Home-made canine dummy for aseptic preparation of the surgical field
  • ° Commercial suture pads (www.medistitch.eu)
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 the suture pads is time consuming for a large group of students. No bleeding like in living animals.


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
Flemish Region