See for yourself what people are saying about VSI!
“The Holstein Dystocia Simulator is a fantastic teaching aid for pre-clinical and clinical veterinary students. It is super realistic and the fact that the instructor and other students can view the calf inside the cow makes it an excellent teaching model. We use her for teaching veterinary students, for school visits, pre-vet summer school as well in the OSCE exams. Student feedback has been fantastic and she is getting lots of use! ”
Dr Nicola Blackie, Senior Lecturer in Production Animal Science, Royal Veterinary College, UK
“The products VSI offer are durable and easily assembled. Every product we have purchased has become heavily utilized by our veterinary students! Their support and communication is simply top-notch, and they will guide you through any trouble-shooting you may need throughout the life of a model. We at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine have been very happy with all our purchases!”
Dr. V Edwards, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Nous avons fait l’acquisition de plusieurs mannequins chez VSI : une jument, deux vaches et un veau grandeur nature. Après 3 ans d’utilisation, nous en sommes très satisfaits car ils s’avèrent robustes et résistent bien aux manipulations intensives auxquelles ils sont soumis par les étudiants. De plus, les modèles évoluent en permanence, avec des consommables toujours plus solides et mieux adaptés. Les relations avec VSI sont fluides et aisées : le dynamisme et la réactivité de Sharlene, de même que la facilité avec laquelle elle résout toutes les difficultés sont très appréciables.
Anne Gogny – Responsable de la plateforme de simulation médicale vétérinaire Virtual Vet (Oniris, Nantes, France)
We bought several mannikins at VSI’s: one mare, two cows and a calf, all of them real-size mannikins. After 3 years, we are very satisfied with the mannikins: they are robust and resist very well to the intensive manipulations of the students. Furthermore, the models improve continuously, with consumables and accessories always more sturdy and adapted. Relations with VSI are smooth and easy: the energy and reactivity of Sharlene, as well as the facility with which she solves every difficulty are very valuable. .
Anne Gogny –Responsible for the Clinical Skills Lab Virtual Vet (Oniris, Nantes, France)
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
We incorporated the bovine dystocia model into our reproduction course here [at Lincoln Memorial University]… The model serves other facets as well within the curriculum such as allowing students to learn how to halter a cow, to learn how to place body ropes for casting a cow, to learn how to obtain milk samples, to learn how to tie a tail rope, to learn the outline of various internal organs and to manage dystocias. The unique aspects of this model are: students can work on a cow simulator and learn a skill without being intimidated by the live cow’s behavior; they can practice procedures over and over again without the limitation of animal welfare concerns for a live cow being confined; they have access to the model 24/7 so they are not limited to narrow windows when live cows are actually brought to the teaching barn. The model is extremely helpful to introduce students to cow procedures which they can master before working on the live cow. We find the VSI Bovine Dystocia Simulator to be a very valuable part of our educational program.
John J. Dascanio, VMD, DACT, DABVP (Equine)Executive Associate DeanProfessor of TheriogenologyLincoln Memorial University ‐ College of Veterinary Medicine
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,”