Robotic canine helps train veterinary students

ITHACA (NBC News) Cornell University has developed an innovative way to teach veterinary students to care for animals in emergency situations.

Robo Jerry 2 is the creation of veterinary medicine Professor Dr. Daniel Fletcher.

The technology is similar to human simulators used in medical schools across the country and is meant to bridge the gap between the classroom and the emergency room, but Robo Jerry 2 is unique to Cornell and gives veterinary students an opportunity to try managing a patient in real time.

“It’s remarkable how much they engage in that process, so they tend to get nervous. They get very worked up about it. They get very emotionally invested,” Dr. Fletcher says.

Cornell is also designing simulator parts to be used in robo-cats and possibly someday robo-horses.

“When that real patient comes in that looks similar to that case they managed in simulation, they’re much more likely to jump in and then be involved because now they feel confident,” Dr. Fletcher says.

He hopes that’s a confidence that will carry them into clinic.

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