When it comes to enhancing the realism of healthcare simulation experiences for future care providers, let’s not forget those who provide care to patients who are not human. I’m referring to the 110K+ veterinarians providing care to the more than 393 million pets in the U.S. alone. In 2017, American pet owners spent nearly $70 billion (est.) on their pets, ranging from fresh water fish to horses not to mention plenty of cats and dogs.
Have you ever thought about the challenges of explaining to a dog how your efforts to draw blood or start an IV will only “feel like a pinch” or “remember not to flinch or jump or turn quickly to see what just went by the door or what other dog is barking? If you ever needed to have excellent hands-on skills and the ability to communicate your confidence and caring through your voice and touch, it’s now. Research, innovation and creativity are combining to bring evermore realism to the veterinary medicine simulation field.
It’s Healthcare Simulation Week 2018 and VetReaLifeSim, LLC offers a high fin, claw, hoof or paw to all those working hard to make veterinarian training less painful to current and future patients.