Full-Size Horse Models Teach Equine Clinical Skills

Three new horses are residing at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), but these aren't just any horses—they're specially-designed equine simulators. The "sophisticated models" are designed to allow veterinary students to practice a variety of medical procedures before working with a living horse, according to a statement from the UCVM.

The statement explains that the simulators are the only ones of their kind in the world.

“Inside the abdomen, there is a simulated intestinal tract so we can demonstrate to the students how it’s arranged and then we can show them the kind of displacements or intestinal accidents that can happen within the abdomen,” Emma Read, DVM, an instructor of equine surgery, said in the statement. “We can blow up different parts of GI tract—we can inflate or deflate different parts to create different displacements.”

“The faculty worked with experts in building movie props and educational tools at Veterinary Simulator Industries to create the three equine simulators as well as three cow simulators, the statement added. 

Funding for the simulators was provided by the Equine Foundation of Canada, a charity that funds projects at Canadian veterinary medicine programs. 

Photos of the simulators are available at vet.ucalgary.ca.

About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, News Editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in three-day eventing with her OTTB, Dorado, and enjoys photography in her spare time.

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