Technology in Animal Health Clinic will enhance learning< All News
March 14, 2018
New innovative equipment will bolster the Animal Health Clinic’s benefit to students when it opens at Lakeland College this fall.
Animal health technology and veterinary medical assistant students at the Vermilion campus will build their skills and apply them in the student-led clinic that will be filled with approximately $1.3 million in innovative equipment. The new facility will be equipped with canine SynDaver models, realistic equine models, a direct digital radiography x-ray system, a bovine ultrasound machine with BCF universal goggle, and more.
“We currently don’t have any of this equipment, so we’re excited that we had room in the budget for these equipment upgrades,” says Elaine Suddaby, animal health technology's (AHT) program head.
Suddaby explained one of the SynDaver models they’ve acquired is a complete replica of a real dog with skin, veins, bones, and internal organs which will allow students to learn to prepare for surgery and monitor anesthesia in a realistic surgery setting, without having to use a real animal. The other SynDaver model is an airway trainer for skills specific to lungs and airways.
“The SynDaver models will let our students become more comfortable with surgery, and monitoring heart rates and anesthesia before performing on live animals,” she says.
Dr. Robyn Rodgers, AHT instructor, added that new equipment will create more efficiencies with tasks such as radiography, which will allow students to perform competencies more often within the same curriculum. Students are also going to be able to work with the latest technologies which are now becoming standard in many veterinary practices.
Suddaby says construction of the Animal Health Clinic will be completed before the end of March and equipment installation will begin in April. The clinic will be ready for student use in the fall.
Designed to reflect an operational clinic and be used as a student-led clinic, the 14,531 sq. ft. facility will feature increased lab spaces, enhanced cat and dog wards, a dental lab, modern surgical suite, more exam and treatment rooms, separate pharmacy, expanded equine intake area, front desk and reception area, as well as stocks and stalls. The larger lab space will also be utilized by animal science technology students and allow multiple labs to be run at once.
The official opening of the Animal Health Clinic is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7.
Photo - The Animal Health Clinic construction site on March 2. Construction will be done at the end of March and equipment installation will begin in April.