Veterinary Simulator Industries have created a Bovine Dystocia and Calf Simulator that teaches all year round no matter the weather or barn conditions this cow will produce educational result over and over again. In the scope of instructing and hosting student experiences used to depend on what animals and what conditions walked in the door of the clinic. Now with VSI’s Bovine Dystocia and Calf Simulator the clinician is able to educate all students in all rotations a complete set of pregnant cow with calf presentations. The ability to compare and contrast varying dystocia scenarios in the same day is very useful for student learning. The ability to have students pull a calf in the model first prior to pulling their first live patient is extremely useful, it creates a student fully aware to the equipment’s operation and increases the student’s ability to plan and execute operational tasks.
This is the first model of its kind with this quality, scale and realism that I am aware of. In addition, this model in our lab has educated alumni and retired graduates as well has provided continuing education to practicing veterinarians. The ability to practice and teach bovine dystocias scenarios anytime and in any place with the simulator is really beneficial when compared to the old model of instruction.
Dr. Frank M. Cerfogli, DVM
Clinician, Clinical Skills Laboratory
Iowa State University
The simulators facilitated the teaching of calf dystocia and birthing in a unique and very realistic manner. The benefits of using such a great innovation in the field of veterinary medicine are:
- The possibility of a standardized training and assessment in veterinary education without harming an animal; there is almost no other option to realize the teaching of clinical skills for calf dystocia in a timely way with students.
- The option of simulating birthing and various situations of calf dystocia including the option of immediate feedback during teaching for learners
- The high fidelity of the simulators motivates students a lot and makes it easy to embed the simulators into a realistic (teaching) scenario
- Quality and sustainability are on such a high level that more than 200 students can use the simulators each year
Dr. Marc Dilly, DVM, PhD
Head/Director Clinical Skills Lab
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
[The bovine dystocia simulator] “Mootilda allows us to provide a unique educational experience to our students—she is a great teaching tool,”
“We are excited to be leading veterinary education with this technology,”