Vet Students Train with Simulators in New Lab at Cornell University
Did you know that the use of high-fidelity simulators is increasing rapidly for veterinary sciences? Check out these recent developments from Cornell University:
The Tetlow and Roy Park Veterinary Innovation Laboratory functions as a classroom and a workshop that will change the way veterinary medicine is taught. The laboratory was built with generous support from the Parks and the Triad Foundation, and is housed in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).
The lab is the brainchild of Daniel Fletcher , a veterinarian and biomedical engineer who teaches and practices emergency and critical care at CVM and Cornell’s Companion Animal Hospital.
Fletcher the engineer was fascinated with the computer-operated human simulators used to train medical students to address symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and labored breathing. Fletcher the educator wondered why there weren’t animal simulators for veterinary students. He purchased a human simulator and began stripping it for parts. The first “smart” pet, a dog, debuted in 2010 . By 2013, Fletcher was heading a simulation center and helping to develop new manikin products!