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 Dean
Professor of Theriogenology
Lincoln 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,”

Dr. Coretta Patterson, DVM, DACVIM
Associate Dean Academic Programs and Student Affairs
Michigan State University