University of Calgary

Try this first

Submitted by tdroden on Tue, 2012-08-07 14:55.

August 7, 2012

Before veterinary medicine students at the University of Calgary start working with real animals, they spend a lot of time with simulated horses, cows and dogs. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is hosting one of the first conferences of its kind, called INVEST, that looks at alternatives to live animal use in veterinary education.

Simulators will be on display at noon on Wed., Aug. 8, at the Clinical Skills Building (11877 85 Street NW Calgary). Demonstrations include models that teach students calving skills, simulated skin to teach surgery or a simulated small animal patient to teach spay surgery and a leg model to teach injections of nerves and joints in horses. There is also a simulator that uses a robotic arm that the operator places on their hand to allow them to feel internal structures in animals mimicking the rectal palpation of pregnant cows and horses with abdominal disease.


What: Photo opportunity and media availability with simulators including the haptic cow (the North American launch of a simulator previously only available in the UK) and with its developer Sarah Baillie.

When: NOON – Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Where: The Clinical Skills Building, 11877 85 Street NW Calgary, AB, T3R 1J3. (NOTE: this is NOT on main campus but at the Spy Hill campus). http://vet.ucalgary.ca/node/1064

Who: Veterinary Educators from all over North America, the Caribbean, the UK and Australia, South Africa. Guest speakers including Sarah Baillie, developer of the haptic cow and Bryn Baxendale, president of the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare in the UK

Media Contact:

Janet Webb
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
Phone: 403-210-6206
Cell: 403-771-6206
Email: janet.webb@ucalgary.ca