SynDaver's synthetic equine and cat models on display at IMSH

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SynDaver will offer attendees at the International Meetingon Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) an exclusive look at its recently launchedequine and feline models from Jan. 26-30 at booth #938 at the Henry B. GonzalezConvention 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-bodiedreplica of the feline anatomy complete with synthetic muscles, tendons andbones, and is intended to replace the use of cat cadavers in middle school andhigh school science dissection labs. CopyCat comes with replaceable SynTissueorgans, which extend the useful life of this model indefinitely.

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

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

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

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

Dr. David Danielson, vice president of veterinarytechnologies at SynDaver said: “The CopyCat and equine models allow bothveterinary students and veterinarians to experience tactile realism withoutputting a live animal through surgery and other invasive procedures, which arestill an all-too-common practice given the advancements in technology andavailable alternative methods.”

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


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