Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Improving animal welfare through improved veterinary skills

There are few situations that a newly graduated vet fears more than equine colic. This tricky, life-threatening condition may be challenging to both diagnose and treat, and has many causes and various symptoms. Because of its life-threatening nature, students rarely have the opportunity to gain experience in basic colic examination techniques or to see the different types of colic that may present.

However students at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary studies will now have the opportunity to practice enhanced techniques in equine colic diagnosis to better enable them to prepare for the real thing, thanks to generous funding from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.

The equine colic simulator, developed by the University of Calgary, Canada, is a life-like equine model, complete with internal organs and allows for a variety of simulated scenarios including a variety of obstructions and an abdominocentesis simulation. http://www.vetsimulators.com/catalogue/in-development/15-equine-colic-simulator

The simulator joins a range of manikins and models utilised by the R(D)SVS and supported by JMICAWE to better prepare students for their life ‘in practice’ and to reduce the need for live animal use in education. Improved clinical skills lead to an enhanced educational experience and ensure that veterinary students are more dexterous and well-trained before accessing live-animal patients in real-clinic scenarios.

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