SynDaver Labs Team
“Some are euthanized before delivery to the schools and some are delivered alive to be used in terminal labs – where the animals are euthanized afterwards. “Thousands of shelter dogs are used around the globe each year for surgical training at veterinary colleges,” SynDaver explains on its campaign page .
“By equipping veterinary colleges with synthetic canines, SynDaver will improve the standards of veterinary education and completely eliminate the use of live animals and animal cadavers in veterinary education, saving thousands of animal lives in the process.”
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The model itself is created using water, fibres and salts to mimic real-life organs that are then encased in realistic skin, fat, bones, muscles, ligaments and fully articulating joints.
“We worked closely with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to create the most lifelike and realistic synthetic canine possible,” said SynDaver.
“Each model has the capability to be integrated with customized pathologies and features complete vascular, respiratory and digestive systems.”
The campaign is aiming to reach $24 million (£16.6 million) in funding and has two months left to run.
Between August 2016 and February 2017 the company hopes – if the project is successful – to scale production and begin manufacturing the canine models.