Date: 10th April 2017
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
InVeST is an informal group that was started in August of 2011 following a very successful Veterinary Simulation Exchange symposium hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The group has grown immensely through communications on the clinical skills and simulation page hosted by the NOVICE project, reconvening in 2012, 2014 and 2015 for the InVeST conference. This conference has provided an international forum for learning and networking between researchers, developers and educational institutions on the rapidly growing use of simulation in veterinary education while encouraging research regarding its use and effectiveness. The number of attendees and countries they represent has grown significantly.
Join us at InVeST 2017, to be held April 10-12th hosted by The University of Pretoria in South Africa and experience the Haptic Cow and Haptic Horse systems which draw on virtual touch, or haptics, and enable students to carry out virtual rectal and abdominal examinations.
Haptic force feedback technology has been deployed in the Haptic Cow to create a virtual reproductive tract, whilst the Haptic Horse replicates a virtual abdomen. Students interact with the systems within the seemingly empty fibreglass model of the rear half of a cow or horse.
Both the Haptic Cow and Horse feature a range of conditions the students can learn about and these are replicated at the touch of a button, the ideal solution for veterinarians who wish to train in a risk-free environment.