Animal dummy models for training of infusion techniques

Scope of the method

The Method relates to
  • Animal health
The Method is situated in
  • Education and training
Type of method
  • Other


Method keywords
  • veterinary medicine
  • dummy
  • skillslab training
  • infusion
  • catheterisation
Scientific area keywords
  • Veterinary education
  • clinical training
Method description

In the skillslab, dummy models and simulators are used for teaching various clinical skills. The veterinarians in training need to learn how to administer intravenous fluids and medication by the use of infusion systems. An important part of this training process can be performed on dummy models and simulators in the skillslab.

Lab equipment

Home-made dummies:

  • - stuffed toy dog with an intravenous catheter and fluid collection bag,
  • - stuffed toy calf with an intravenous catheter and fluid collection bag,
  • - stuffed toy foal with an intravenous catheter and fluid collection bag.
Method status
  • History of use
  • Internally validated

Pros, cons & Future potential


The use of educational animal models in a skillslab offers a number of significant advantages:

  • - Reduced use of laboratory animals and reduced discomfort for patients, as procedures can be practised on dummy models and simulators before performing them on a live animal.
  • - Teaching of clinical skills in a quiet and safe environment, reducing anxiety and stress for the veterinary student.
  • - Complex practical skills can be split into a number of small steps when practising them in the skillslab.
  • - High cost of models,
  • - Clinical training on live animals needed as well,
  • - Creating and repairing the home-made models is time consuming for a large group of students.

Further optimalisation of home-made models and purchasing available commercial models.

Future & Other applications

Training for lab animal handling/procedures.

References, associated documents and other information

Associated documents

Contact person

Annelies Decloedt


Ghent University (UGent)
Veterinary skillslab