The development and use of high fidelity, mannequin-based simulators has tremendous potential to reduce animal use in medical and veterinary training.
Incredibly realistic mannequins are available today that can bleed and breathe just like living patients. These sophisticated models contain body parts—including synthetic muscles, bones, organs, arteries and veins—that mimic the properties of living tissues and offer trainees an interactive and hands-on opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills.
These state-of-the-art simulators have many applications, such as surgical training and battlefield medical training. Live animals are often harmed and killed in these training exercises, and having a simulator alternative is key to reducing animal use and providing superior training.
SynDaver, a leading company in the simulation market, even released a model of the first synthetic dog last year to provide veterinary students with an anatomically accurate model upon which to practice surgical procedures. The model can simulate canine diseases and illnesses and replace animal use for terminal surgery labs, potentially saving thousands of animals’ lives.
NAVS was pleased to hear that further developments to improve the simulators are taking place at the company, further reducing the unnecessary use of animals in many areas of study.
SynDaver recently announced that it has acquired another simulation company, Lifecast Body Simulation, in order to expand and improve upon the simulation devices it offers. The press release from SynDaver notes that this acquisition will “combine both companies’ capabilities to create ultra-realistic, next-generation synthetic bodies. Future human and animal models engineered by SynDaver will combine the fully-functioning anatomy and life-like tissues of SynDaver Synthetic Humans, with the movie-ready realistic visual appearance pioneered by Lifecast.”
According to SynDaver founder Dr. Christopher Sakezles, these models “will undoubtedly be the most realistic synthetic bodies ever developed, both inside and out, and will help to save countless human and animal lives as a result.”
NAVS is encouraged to see the exciting advances that are taking place in the simulation field. We are confident that continued progress will not only reduce and replace animal use in many areas, but will also improve human well-being in the process.
Source: SynDaver Press Release, January 15, 2018. “SynDaver continues growth, acquires Lifecast Body Simulation”