Backed by Virtalis’ long history of delivering pioneering virtual reality solutions, haptic animals are used around the world – including by the University of Cambridge, Michigan State University in the United States, the University of Adelaide in Australia, the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and Wrocław University in Poland.
Instructors can see the student’s movements on a screen i.e., inside the cow or horse (not possible with a live animal), and can direct their movements and provide live feedback. Students develop improved identification and palpation skills thanks to the efficient and effective teaching possible using the simulator.
Because the Haptic Cow and Horse are powered by haptic technology and software, they provide a wide range of scenarios for students to practise. For example, they can try out diagnosing different conditions, starting out with basic examinations that are made more complex as students learn and build confidence.
The large-animal simulation offered by Haptic Cow and Horse means that students can get experience of bovine and equine anatomy from an early stage in their education. Universities can also give students the chance to learn at all levels, from pre-clinical all the way to final year.
With Haptic Cow and Horse, training can be used strategically to complement student learning on live animals. Students who learn with these large-animal simulators are better-prepared for practical examinations and can make better use of such learning opportunities.
The Haptic Cow and Horse systems are a real draw for any applicants looking for the best veterinary course for them. Universities can showcase the simulators at open days to demonstrate the benefits of learning with the technology during the veterinary degree.
Haptic Cow and Haptic Horse are state-of-the-art veterinary simulation systems that allow students to carry out virtual examinations of a cow or horse, long before their first contact with a living animal.
Students reach inside a fibreglass shell modelled after the animal’s rear end to touch a robotic arm. The arm uses haptic technology - changing forces, vibrations, and movement - to mimic the feel of the animal’s actual anatomy.
Students have a unique opportunity to train with the systems, learning to palpate bovine or equine anatomy to diagnose fertility, pregnancies, and other conditions such as colic.