SUNY Ulster Acquires Syndaver Robotic Surgical Canine for Veterinary Technology Program

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SUNY Ulster Acquires Syndaver Robotic Surgical Canine for Veterinary Technology Program

One of Eleven Colleges Nationwide to Utilize this Advanced Technology

SUNY Ulster Acquires Syndaver Robotic Surgical Canine for Veterinary Technology Program

One of Eleven Colleges Nationwide to Utilize this Advanced Technology

February 11, 2019 – Stone Ridge, NY – SUNY Ulster has acquired a robotic surgical canine from Syndaver Labs that will allow veterinary technology students to practice numerous AVMA required clinical skills humanely on a nonliving test subject. The recent acquisition, made possible through a CTEA grant, makes SUNY Ulster the first accredited veterinary technology program to acquire this synthetic canine in New York State, and it is one of eleven programs nationwide to offer students this modern learning experience.

The Syndaver dog is an entirely robotic dog that can perform many functions that a living dog would, including simulated breathing and bleeding. Anatomic features and organs are made from a mixture of salt, fiber, and water. The dog is anatomically correct and reacts as a real dog would under surgical conditions, allowing students to safely and humanely practice their skills without using a live animal or canine cadaver.

The Syndaver dog will allow SUNY Ulster students to practice required skills such as intravenous catheter placement, phlebotomy procedures, and endotracheal intubation before working with live animals. The surgical canine will also be utilized so students can assist in mock surgical procedures as circulating nurses in a surgical setting. Some of the skills practiced include preparing a patient for surgery, assisting in a surgical procedure, and monitoring the patient while under anesthesia. The primary goal of having the Syndaver dog is to prepare students for their 280 hour preceptorship at a veterinary hospital, which is completed in their third semester.

Donna Meier, Clinical Coordinator for Veterinary Technology at SUNY Ulster, says, “The Syndaver Surgical Canine provides a great opportunity for our students to work on a simulated animal before they ever work on a live patient, which provides proficiency in their skill sets and confidence to perform the task at hand. We are the only certified veterinary technology program in the state with this revolutionary technology.”

The Veterinary Technology program at SUNY Ulster (www.sunyulster.edu/vettech) is designed to meet the training needs of the veterinary community. Since the programs first graduating class in 2004, 375 students have graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology. The program provides students with field and classroom instruction and advisement and meets current standards for veterinary technicians. Students develop technical skills that allow them to work in large or small animal veterinary practices, as well as in research facilities. This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). SUNY Ulster also offers a 27 credit Animal Science Office Certificate program for those looking to become animal science office assistants. For more information on either program, contact Admissions by phone at (845) 687-5022 or by email at admissions@sunyulster.edu.

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