Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bryan Pfahl and Russ Gray of VSI Ltd. attended the 2015 Therio Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
VSI donated an equine theriogenology model to the Theriogenology Foundation silent auction.
Proceeds from the auction go to benefit students, residents, student chapters and others, with travel grants, research projects and outreach.

For the vendor area we brought along our equine theriogenology model along with our latest prototype bovine theriogenology model.
With input from the conference attendees we were able to identify several areas that could be improved upon in terms of realistic feel and anatomic accuracy.
We will try to implement most of the suggestions for modifications before we travel to the INVEST conference in Hanover , Germany.
To all attendees who provided feedback,

Amelie Rivaleau (left) and Christine Garrett, both officers of the student chapter of the Society for Theriogenology are pictured here trying out VSI's equine therio model.

Alberta's Venture Magazine has voted Veterinary Simulator Industries Ltd. as one of Alberta's top 20 most innovative organizations. Venture Magazine article.

Monday, July 6, 2015

This equine colic/palpation model is ready for final assembly before being crated and shipped to Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

The equine models now have a palpable aorta included, along with a portion of body wall to aid in instructing students with equine palpation.

We will be shipping out models to Antwerp, Belgium and University of Tennessee in the near future.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Veterinary Simulator Industries Ltd has been working on a captive bolt bovine stunning simulator with funding from the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.
This prototype model is based on a market steer and utilizes a replaceable brain canister system.
The canister (shown below) has representations of the skin, skull and brain.

This example also has a three dimensional target area included that represents the optimal placement for an effective stun and could be used for operator competency certification.
We have have also created canisters that would only be used for targeting training, and for getting experience in firing the captive bolt gun.
Now that the prototype has been completed it will be further evaluated at Olds Agricultural College in the National Meat Training Center.

This opened canister shows the path left by a captive bolt shot along with a piece of skin and skull at the end of the bolt's travel.

Dr. Bob Hollowaychuk, as part of the original ALMA proposal, test shot this model with a CASH model captive bolt.
Dr. Holowaychuk whom recently retired following a successful thirty-five year career in regulatory inspection services at both the federal and provincial level will review the simulation model and accompanying training materials to ensure that the system meets all federal and provincial regulations.

Veterinary Simulator Industries Ltd. has begun work on the second prototype for the equine neck/jugular venipuncture/intramuscular injection model. We hope to have a functioning model ready by the 2015 INVEST conference in Hanover, Germany on September 14-16th www.tiho-hannover.de/studium-lehre/.../invest-2015/.

These photos show the original model which has been separated into its primary components, head, neck, shoulders. These pieces are in the process of being molded.

Once these molds are completed various materials will be then evaluated using the molds. Hopefully, if the prototypes function properly and no major changes are required, these molds will also serve as production molds.

The model will be comprised of three main components, head neck, and shoulders that will fit onto an adjustable stand.  The neck portion will house the venipuncture components and will have a replaceable skin of a material yet to be determined, along with an easily replaceable simulated jugular vein and intramuscular injection pad.

We are hoping a type of laminated fabric can be utilized for the skin as it could be punctured hundreds of times without damage and is relatively inexpensive.

In future we plan on adding more functions to the model such as eye medicine, facial nerves, twitch and bit/bridle.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This image shows our "three little pigs" They are modeled from actual neonate piglets in three different sizes, 2-3 kg, 5-6 kg, and 7-8 kg.  The piglets are for training non-penetrating captive bolt euthanasia.  They are rubber with a foam core to make them accurate weights for the size.

We are in the process of modifying them so that the heads are removable and replaceable when they become damaged during training.

As part of our penetrating captive bolt training models we also have this market hog model.

The larger models have a removable canister comprised of a skin patch,skull plate, brain case, and brain. The head is fitted onto a stand that is adjustable for height, head tilt and head rotation.

Once targeted and shot the canister can be opened and the bolt trajectory and depth can be viewed.

Pictured here is the 2 week old neonate lamb sculpture which will also become part of our captive bolt  training system.

Other models included in the system will be:

Long face bovine(dairy)
Short face bovine(beef cow, steer)
Full body calf

Market hog
Neonate piglets

Market lamb
2 week old neonate lamb

Other species being considered are:

Cervine (deer)
Lapine (rabbits hares)

Veterinary Simulator Industries had the pleasure of having a visit from internationally recognized animal handling expert Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin was in Calgary speaking at the ATA (Animal Transport Association) conference on May 6th and graciously accepted our invitation to tour our facility.
We were very pleased that she took time from her undoubtedly busy schedule to view some of our simulation products and others in development.