Equine dummy models for training of handling techniques
Scope of the method
The Method relates to
- Animal health
The Method is situated in
- Education and training
Type of method
This method makes use of
- Animal derived cells / tissues / organs
- veterinary medicine
- skillslab training
- Animal handling
Scientific area keywords
- 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 handle horses in a correct and safe way. Although training on living animals is indispensable, a part of the training process can be performed on equine dummy models in the skillslab.
- ° Home-made low fidelity models: nose twitch model
- ° Commercial high-fidelity models (koeierij.nl; https://www.vetsimulators.com; foal: Melissa and Doug)
- 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 canine lab animal examination.
References, associated documents and other information
Contact personAnnelies Decloedt
OrganisationsGhent University (UGent)