Layered Skin Suturing Pad - Intramuscular Injection Training Pad - Subcutaneous Injection Training Pad - Cystocentesis/Bladder Palpation Training Block - Bovine Tail Venipuncture Model




Veterinary training requires that a student master certain techniques that require fine motor control – a skill that can only be obtained through repeated practice. A major issue during veterinary training is simulating the tactile sensation of live patients – skin, muscle, fat, and bone all offer varying resistance to applied pressure, laceration, or puncture. Educational models have to be able to accurately replicate the physical properties of different tissues. Current models succeed in that regard, but are not robust enough to be used through multiple lessons. There is therefore a need for an accurate veterinary model that can withstand prolonged use by multiple individuals, while maintaining its structure.


Description of Technology


Michigan State University faculty have developed a collection of tools that act as simulacrums of living tissue that allow for repeated practice of veterinary technique. This tool suite includes:

  • Layered skin suture pad – simulates animal epidermis for students to practice suturing technique
  • Intramuscular and subcutaneous injection training pads – allow students to practice syringe work and perceive the difference between types of injections
  • Bladder palpation (i.e. cystocentesis) training block – provides students with a bladder facsimile to examine and practice extracting urine
  • Bovine tail venipuncture model – simulates a cow’s tail and allows students to practice blood collection from the tail vein

These models can serve as excellent transitioning tools for students who are not yet proficient enough to practice on expensive and cumbersome cadaver or live specimens. Additionally, because of the accuracy and reusability of these models, the need for expensive cadaver specimens is significantly reduced.


Key Benefits


  • Realistic: Models are accurate enough for students who may not be ready to practice procedure on live specimens
  • Cost effective: Models are robust enough to be used repeatedly before breaking down, and allow students to practice without involving cadaver or live specimens
  • Convenient: Models provide students with a means by which to practice outside of a laboratory setting
  • Effective: Training can be completed outside of the lab, meaning skill mastery is more readily attained
  • Broad applicability: Tools may be appropriate for any medical field – animal or human




Veterinary and veterinary technician medical training tools


Patent Status


Under review


Licensing Rights Available


Full licensing rights available




Beatrice Biddinger


Tech ID




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Nina (Isi) Davis, Technology Marketing Manager, email:, phone (direct): (517)884-1829. 


Patent Information:

For Information, Contact:

Randy Ramharack
Technology Manager
Michigan State University
Beatrice Biddinger