News Menu

News
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

Heather Bilton Heather Bilton
Other College... class of
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
New York Inst of Tech class of 1997
Mary McIntyre Mary McIntyre
Winston-Salem State University class of 1979
Kennedy Williams Kennedy Williams
Spelman College class of 2020
Dakota Rocker Dakota Rocker
Alabama State University class of 2019

Pioneering use of synthetic canine at FVSU provides hands-on training for students

Pioneering use of synthetic canine at FVSU provides hands-on training for students
Posted By: Elynor Moss on September 13, 2018

Fort Valley State University students are putting their hands to work with the latest technology in animal health.

The Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health procured funding for a SynDaver Synthetic Canine, making FVSU the first school in Georgia to receive this model.

Housed at FVSU’s O’Neal Veterinary Science Building, the synthetic canine named Troy is a lifelike, anatomically correct animal model designed to replace live animals and animal cadavers in veterinary training. It provides an unparalleled platform for repeatable hands-on procedures. The synthetic model weighs 45 pounds and is a greyhound mix. It is made of water, fibers and salts, which mimic the properties of living organisms.

Originally designed to train veterinary students in surgical procedures, the SynDaver is working its way into the veterinary technician curriculum, being utilized for procedures such as venipuncture and **** collection and reinforcing the foundations of anatomy and physiology.

FVSU offers the only four-year veterinary technology program in Georgia. As the program continues to grow with 88 freshmen this year, Dr. Miranda Knight, veterinary science professor, says the training model will allow students to visualize multiple organ systems accurately.

“We are on the forefront of incorporating this technology in our curriculum,” she said.



“This will give our students many more opportunities to confidently practice technical skills before attempting on a live animal.”

Students can practice endoscopy, suturing and surgical assisting in non-routine procedures, such as removing gastric foreign bodies or bladder stone removal.

“We try to mimic what they see in a clinic,” said Ann Gillespie, a FVSU veterinary technician. “Troy can have a different crisis every week.”

In addition to exposing students to more training, Gillespie said the department saves money on cadavers. She noted they keep Troy submerged in treated water when not in use and will send it back to the manufacturer in Tampa, Florida, each summer for replacement parts.

Two juniors majoring in veterinary technology are excited to be among the first students at FVSU to train with the SynDaver. “It is really beneficial, and we are a step above others,” said Jessica Afangnibo of Riverdale, Georgia. The 20-year-old likes the attention to detail and organic fibers used for the body, which is pliable and soft. “It is a lot similar to what we will do in actual surgery,” she said.

Shannon Johnson, 36, of Columbus, Georgia, agrees that the realistic texture is amazing. “It is really neat. We will not have to work on live animals all of the time,” she said. FVSU received funding to purchase the SynDaver through the Title III program’s Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) for “Enhancing Fort Valley State University’s STEM Instruction for the 21st Century Student through Cross-Curriculum and Inquiry-Based Laboratory Design.”

For more information about the synthetic canine, contact Knight at (478) 822-1028 or knightm@fvsu.edu.



http://www.fvsu.edu/
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
Accept your invitation to become a new hire at an Employer in your field of expertise!
#FAMUConnect: Who do you know from FAMU? We introduce you to Mr. Shaun Watson
#HBCUEmployment: Opportunities are available! Seek a new career here...
Connect with the HBCUConnect representatives for help attaining a career in Healthcare, Education, and Technology
Careers for professional talented workers: applicants invited to apply to the following new employers
Working on attaining a new career requires options. Research the jobs on this list to see if you want to apply!
Latest News
Teach and be a part of Connecticut’s future!

Teach and be a part of Connecticut’s future!

The Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) is now hiring full-time teachers for all trades and academics. Whether you’re a recent graduate, a retiree, a veteran, or an experienced t ...more
Reggie Culpepper • 138 Views • March 8th, 2021
Investor and Motivational Speaker Elijah Stevens is Inspiring the Masses with His Powerful Story

Investor and Motivational Speaker Elijah Stevens is Inspiring the Masses with His Powerful Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elijah Stevens. It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today? Th ...more
Elijah Stevens • 6 Views • March 7th, 2021
Life at Fidelity Investments: 3 Black Professionals Share Tips on Launching A Career in Financial Services

Life at Fidelity Investments: 3 Black Professionals Share Tips on Launching A Career in Financial Services

People are often surprised that a degree in finance is not a requirement for working at a financial services company. Instead, there is room for many different skill sets, and the industry has the cap ...more
Reggie Culpepper • 262 Views • March 5th, 2021
Wilberforce University Continues Moving Towards Excellence in Courses of Study

Wilberforce University Continues Moving Towards Excellence in Courses of Study

The nation's first, private HBCU introduces Dr. Nedra Allen, the university's new Dean of General and Foundational Studies and the Center for Academic Support. General education is an area of acade ...more
Reggie Culpepper • 198 Views • March 5th, 2021
Red Sox Hire Bianca Smith, Making Her the First Black Woman to Coach a Professional Baseball Team

Red Sox Hire Bianca Smith, Making Her the First Black Woman to Coach a Professional Baseball Team

The Red Sox have hired Bianca Smith as a Minor League coach, making her the first Black woman to serve as a coach in the history of professional baseball. A report first surfaced in The Boston Glob ...more
Kennedy Williams • 217 Views • March 4th, 2021
Popular News
Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

Louisiana Upholds Life Sentence to Black Man For Stealing Hedge Trimmers in 1997

While this may not be HBCU related news, as an AFrican American male, I had to share this appalling decision by the Louisiana court system to keep a man in jail with a life sentence for such a petty c ...more
Will Moss • 373,360 Views • August 6th, 2020
Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

Apple to Invest over $40 Million Dollars into HBCUs - Time to major in Computer Science!!!

On Tuesday Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund stopped by “NewsOne Now” to make a major announcement that could literally change the lives of thousands of HBCU st ...more
Will Moss • 111,765 Views • March 11th, 2015
Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

Blonde Instagram Model Goes Viral for Graduating from HBCU and Pledging Delta Sigma Theta!

A blonde woman is going viral this morning, for graduating from A Historically Black College while pledging a Black sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. @Blonde_HBCU The woman, an IG ...more
Will Moss • 85,074 Views • November 30th, 2020
Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to  Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith to Donate $50 Million to Support STEM Students at HBCUs

The Student Freedom Initiative announced today a $50 million personal gift from Robert F. Smith, philanthropist and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners. This gift matches the initial fu ...more
Will Moss • 64,319 Views • October 22nd, 2020
Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Kamala Harris Promises to Forgive Student Loan Debt for HBCU Graduates

Harris promises to offer free tuition for low-income students at public and historically Black colleges Democratic VP candidate also pledges to forgive student-loan debt for HBCU graduates who earn ...more
Will Moss • 64,249 Views • September 10th, 2020
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!