The Hospital of Central Connecticut

Middlesex Veterinary Program Gets Boost With Simulated Canine

Middlesex Veterinary Program Gets Boost With Simulated Canine

Scooby is a very good girl.

She’s fully grown at 35 to 40 pounds. She’s a patient, lovable mutt with a gentle disposition, and she’s settled in nicely since finding her new home late last year.

She doesn’t complain when you draw her blood. She doesn’t pull away if you insert an IV port. She never eats, she never sleeps. No matter how many times she’s intubated or stuck with a needle, Scooby still obediently waits for students to poke and prod as they learn to care for animals.

Scooby is a SynDaver — an ultra-realistic model of simulated muscle and organs that has become the best teaching tool in the veterinary technology program at Middlesex Community College in...

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