Canine and feline 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 dogs and cats in a correct and low-stress way. Although training on living animals is indispensable, a part of the training proces can be performed on canine and feline dummy models in the skillslab.
Commercial canine and feline stuffed toy dogs
- 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.
Future & Other applications
Further optimalisation of home-made models and purchasing available commercial models. Virtual/augmented reality can be added.
References, associated documents and other information
Skillslab donation page
Contact personAnnelies Decloedt
OrganisationsGhent University (UGent)