SynDaver will offer attendees at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) an exclusive look at its recently launched equine and feline models from Jan. 26-30 at booth #938 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Like SynDaver’s existing human and canine synthetic surgical models and trainers, the new equine and CopyCat models remove the need for using live animals or cadavers for training purposes and provide a consistent and life-like tactile experience.

The SynDaver Synthetic Feline, dubbed “CopyCat,” is a full-bodied replica of the feline anatomy complete with synthetic muscles, tendons and bones, and is intended to replace the use of cat cadavers in middle school and high school science dissection labs. CopyCat comes with replaceable SynTissue organs, which extend the useful life of this model indefinitely.

The SynDaver Synthetic Equine models have been in development for more than a year through separate collaborations with the University of Florida and Texas A&M University. Each model supports task-training and surgical procedures designed to address the specifications of the veterinary programs at the respective universities.

The University of Florida-designed equine model is an anatomical reference model with facial muscles, blood vessels, nerves and an anatomically correct upper airway. Procedures that can be practiced include tracheotomy, ophthalmology and ocular enucleation, as well as a transtracheal wash. This model also features jugular vascular access, supporting blood draws fluid administration.

The Texas A&M equine model has anatomically correct oral and nasal cavities, which can be used to train for endotracheal and nasotracheal intubations, dental inspections and more. This model features a full neck with a guttural pouch, esophagus and lower airway that allows for gastric and airway

endoscopy. This model also contains vascular access through jugular veins, and has facial arteries and nerves for palpation, catheterization and blocks.

Dr. David Danielson, vice president of veterinary technologies at SynDaver said: “The CopyCat and equine models allow both veterinary students and veterinarians to experience tactile realism without putting a live animal through surgery and other invasive procedures, which are still an all-too-common practice given the advancements in technology and available alternative methods.”

SynDaver expects the models will be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2019.