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.

These images show the original sculpture of our future canine simulator.  It has been sculpted on an actual canine skeleton to ensure accuracy of the anatomy, positioning of joints, and allows us to cast the bones for a radiology limb model in future.

The intent of the sculpture was to be a mid sized and somewhat "generic" canine breed, with a normal chest shape.

Some of the functionality we would like to incorporate are:

Various intubation techniques
male and female catheterization
bandaging limb(s)
limb venipuncture
radiology limb(s)
restraint training
incorporate spay/neuter function
ear exams
teeth mouths exams

The actual canine skull and lower jaw were incorporated into the sculpture as well once again for accuracy.
This image shows the splayed toes to allow bandaging training.

Friday, April 17, 2015

This portrait Holstein dystocia model is loaded up and heading over for crating in preparation for her trip to Iowa State University.

Her paint pattern is designed to match a Holstein named "Frosty" , a famous cow owned by an Iowa State alumni.

From crating she will travel by truck to Ames , Iowa and hopefully arrive within the next couple of weeks where she will be received by
Patrick G. Halbur DVM, MS, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, and Dr. Pat Philips. at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Welcome to the new Veterinary Simulator Industries Ltd. fabrication facility. We have moved into this 5200 sq/ft space as of March 1st, 2015.  It will allow us to meet the increasing demand for our existing veterinary simulation products and continue the development on many new ones.
We now employee a full time staff  of ten talented fabricators who create our simulation products

Some of the products in development include:
equine venipuncture
bovine venipuncture
bovine multi-stage uterine palpation system
multi-species euthanasia/captive bolt training system
full canine model
canine bandaging limbs
equine forelimb injection model

The new space is located at 1155-40 avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6M9

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Calgary Chamber - 2014 Small Business Week
Veterinary Simulator Industries Ltd. has been selected as a finalist in the Innovation category for a small business week award by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.  Voting is now open to the public and we would very much appreciate your vote.  You can vote at http://www.smallbusinessweekcalgary.com/ Select vote and innovation category.
Your vote will help us to grow and continue with innovative new products in veterinary simulation.

Russ Gray
Bryan Pfahl

Saturday, March 29, 2014

VSI Ltd. was invited to the 2014 APVMA conference being held at Iowa State University in Ames Iowa.
We would like to thank the organizer Miranda Buseman along with Kimberly Strait (new president of AMPVA), Kesley Aarsvold and all of the volunteer students and staff who helped put on the event.

The Holstein dystocia simulator arriving at the Iowa State field services building.

Dr Pat Philips demonstrating various malpresentations along with chaining/jacking procedures to prospective veterinary students from across the United States using the VSI Holstein dystocia simulator.

Here the fetal extractor is used to birth the calf.