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Robo-Dogs and Cats Help Train Vets-to-Be For the Real Thing

by Hazel Chua

Dentists have Simroid and Hanako to practice on, while doctors also have their own simulator robots which they use to perform simulated surgeries. It was only a matter of time before vets got their own robots to practice on – and that they did get back in 2010, when Robo-Jerry II and Robo-Fluffy made their debuts at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Robo Dog

Now these ‘bots and their ‘homes’ are getting an upgrade to give better training to the future veterinarians of America who will see to the welfare and well-being of your furry best friends. The University is currently working on a much more advanced robo-dog called ‘Butch’, which will have more realistic features even though it will be constructed using cheap, standard components.

Robo Dog1

Aside from that, veterinary students will also be working in a new simulation center which features fully equipped exam rooms and two rooms for video-feed observation.

Assistant professor Daniel Fletcher explains: “Our model can enhance CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) scenarios and can simulate a slew of other conditions, and we’ve seen interest in it growing. We’re gathering evidence and tools to help bring the simulation capability and teaching model outside Cornell.”

The simulation center is part of a larger plan for a hands-on lab for students to practice everything from listening to robo-pet vitals, to suturing and other clinical skills.

[via Gizmag]

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