In an effort to reduce using live animals to trained veterinary students for surgery, veterinarians at Colorado State University have developed a new teaching tool. Their tools are actually realistic replicas of various body parts (of both animals for training veterinary students and people for training human medical students.)
How the Models Work
Models are colored realistically and when appropriator composed of several layers to give students a realistic feel when cutting into tissue research ring tissue. Additionally, artificial blood vessels are built into the tissues and are connected to an artificial blood source that supplies the tissues with realistic bleeding.
In the Future
It is hoped that these new training tools will help students master their surgical techniques and develop confidence before they operate for the first time on a person or someone's pet. By using these realistic models, fewer live animals will need to be used during the training of future veterinarians and doctors.