Four years ago, the world’s first robotic dog simulator was revealed to the pleasant surprise for many up and coming vets, as it allowed one to actually work with what looks as close to the real deal as possible. Well, since then, work has been done to evolve this idea into that of a new simulation center which has been set up at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. This is a brand new, advanced pet simulator which enables the simulation learning model to experience a widespread growth through the whole veterinary curriculum, and it functions as a precedent to other institutions to walk down the same path.
Cornell’s latest simulation center will comprise of a couple of fully equipped exam rooms, a pair of rooms for live video-feed observation and debriefing, as well as space for storage and developing new models, including the likes of a new robotic cat and, to no surprise, a more advanced dog.
Daniel Fletcher, assistant professor of emergency and critical care (ECC), and developer of the pet simulators, shared, “Simulations like this have been used to teach human doctors for decades. The idea is to bridge preclinical lecture learning and actual clinical experience, letting students practice applying what they’ve learned in a safe setting before the stakes get high. The new center gives us much more room to work with.”
Makes perfect sense to have students get involved in such 10-minute simulations, where a small student team will be able to pick up relevant and basic patient information from the robotic dog or cat, before assessing the situation to recommend a treatment plan.