The Integration of Simulation Technologies in Veterinary Medicine for Anatomical Review and Procedural Training
Funding Source: The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF)
Principle Investigator: Mary Ann McLoughlin, D.V.M. Department of Clinical Services, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Co-Investigator: Don Stredney OSC.
Duration: 10/1/07 – 9/30/08
Societal pressures for the humane treatment of animals mandate that veterinary schools continually explore new methods for teaching surgical techniques. However, with the continued reduction in animal use, the question arises as to whether students gain enough experience and have the requisite proficiency to perform both simple and complex surgical techniques upon graduation. This effort involves the transfer and the study of the efficacy of emerging low-cost simulation technologies to teach regional anatomy and procedural surgical techniques. This project supports the effort to reduce the need for animals in teaching by creating digital models of regional anatomy through non-invasive, in-vivo imaging acquisition. We will promote the adoption and adaptation of simulation technologies for use in the veterinary surgical curriculum through the involvement of veterinary students, surgical faculty, and computational technologists. We ardently believe this effort is congruent with the mission to promote the development, validation, and adoption of non-animal methods for education.
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This research has been funded by a grant from the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation. Portions of this work have also been supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health, 1 R01 DC06458-01A1.