SynDaver launches new synthetic feline surgical training model

April 27, 2021
dvm360 Staff

This revolutionary training tool simulates the anatomy of a live cat, allowing veterinary students to perfect their craft without the fear of harming a live patient.

SynDaver—an advanced biotechnology company known for its synthetic educational human and animal simulators—recently launched a new synthetic feline surgical training model. This innovative tool is designed to teach veterinary students how to perform feline spay surgeries without the fear of harming a live patient.

“I wish we had access to this kind of technology when I was in veterinary school,” says David Danielson, DVM, president of veterinary technology at SynDaver, in a company release. “Our simulation surgical model provides repeatability, allowing the surgeon to make mistakes and perfect their craft.”

The surgical trainer simulates the anatomy of live patients and includes the company’s patented synthetic tissues comprised of water, fibers, and salts, mimicking living tissue. Unlike silicone or plastic, it maintains the fidelity and life-like properties of live tissue.

According to the release, the first synthetic feline model was used to teach anatomy at large schools and universities worldwide including at Cornell University. The associate professor of small animal surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Galina Hayes, DVM, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, DACVS, DACVECC, anticipates that this new model will have a significant impact on both her students and the surgical community.

“I am beyond thrilled with SynDaver,” says Hayes. “Our students have had the privilege to train on the canine surgical models previously, and we couldn’t be happier. However, the newest feline surgical model gives them the opportunity to perform the feline spay, which is a benchmark in their surgical skills acquisition. The simulator allows them to practice in a highly realistic model where they can repeat as often as necessary, get comfortable with the tools required, and have no fear of failure or harm to a patient.”

“What SynDaver has provided is an opportunity to remove the enormous stress and anxiety our students feel when practicing an unfamiliar procedure on a live patient. This is a huge leap forward for us in achieving high-quality learning and retention of surgical skills," she said.

To learn more about SynDaver's line of products, go here.