Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Uses the SynDaver Surgical Canine--A Futuristic Model--for Training Veterinary Students
Posted April 26, 2017
COLLEGE STATION, Texas-–The College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) at Texas A&M
University will soon be using the SynDaver Surgical Canine, as a
component of its surgical training program.
Students from the doctor of veterinary medicine program in the CVM
will begin using the Surgical Canine during the 2017-18 school
year. The SynDaver Surgical Canine was developed by SynDaver Labs
in Tampa and offers students a realistic model for surgical
“Innovation is at the forefront of all we do in the CVM, and
providing our faculty and students with this futuristic surgical
model is just another way we are teaching with the latest
technologies in surgery,” said Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King
Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the CVM. “We are pleased to
participate in the advancement of state-of-the-art surgical
procedures in patient care, as we continue to train our veterinary
students to go into the world and make a positive impact on
“We are excited to bring this dynamic and innovative educational
opportunity to the students at Texas A&M University,” said Dr.
Kenita Rogers, Executive Associate Dean at the CVM. “This is just
another example of our outstanding faculty being open to new
teaching methods and tools, ensuring that every veterinary student
gets to build and hone their skills in a realistic but safe
The SynDaver Surgical Canine is made of water, fiber, and salt,
just like a real animal. The SynDaver can breathe and bleed just
like a real dog and has individual muscles, bones, and organs.
Additionally, the synthetic canine can be operated on repeatedly
without any risk to live animals. The USDA mandates every attempt
is made to reduce, refine, or replace live animal use.
“We are excited to expand the types of surgical procedures in
which our students can gain hands-on experience through the use of
these models,” said Dr. Karen Cornell, Associate Dean for
Professional Programs at the CVM. “SynDaver affords veterinary
students the opportunity to refine their surgical skills and
achieve competence in a variety of surgical procedures performed by
practicing veterinarians in a low-risk and yet very realistic
With the SynDaver, there is no limit to the number of procedures
that can be performed; all students will be able to practice skills
as often as necessary without violating USDA regulations that apply
to the use of live animals.
“The incorporation of SynDaver models into our curriculum will
allow students multiple opportunities to strengthen their surgical
skills prior to performing surgery on a living patient,” said Dr.
Elizabeth Scallan, Assistant Clinical Professor at the CVM.
“Additionally, SynDaver models provide opportunities to practice
surgeries that are not currently incorporated in the
Students also will be able to practice invasive procedures that
would not be as practical to perform on a live animal. This broad
scope of practice will help to prepare CVM veterinary students to
become leaders in the veterinary medical profession.
On Saturday, Apr. 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the founder of
SynDaver Labs, Dr. Christopher Sakezles, is scheduled to be
available for interviews at the CVM and NAVC’s Veterinary
Innovation Summit at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, in College Station, Texas.
Members of the media interested in scheduling an interview or
receiving a product demo are encouraged to contact Megan Palsa at
For more information about the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, please visit our
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ABOUT SYNDAVER LABS
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, SynDaver Labs is the world’s
leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal
surgical trainers. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies simulate
fully-functioning live organisms and are primarily used for
training in schools, hospitals and military installations. SynDaver
has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all
SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts and fibers. The company
currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes and related
products. Currently, SynDaver Labs employs more than 100 people at
their Tampa facility and is planning additional facilities in the
U.S., China, Europe and Latin America.
SynDaver Labs products have been lauded by industry experts and
earned a cult following after appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank,
MythBusters, Grey’s Anatomy, and the series finale of CSI. The
company's models are also expected to feature prominently in
multiple episodes of the upcoming MythBusters 2.0.
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