Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has developed an inventive way to teach future veterinarians to handle emergencies.
RoboJerry 2 is a dog robot covered in brown fur with a lolling pink rubber tongue. Created by veterinary medicine professor Dr. Daniel Fletcher, who also has an engineering background, RoboJerry 2 helps train vet students in emergency response techniques. He helps bridge the gap between the classroom and the emergency room.
RoboJerry 2 is much more than a stuffed dog. His chest moves up and down and he has a pulse. His condition can be monitored in real time.
“When that real patient comes in that looks similar to that case they managed in simulation, they’re much more likely to jump in and then be involved because now they feel confident,” Dr. Fletcher says.
Giving students the freedom to fail—in a training-wheels environment where there's no bleeding dog on the table or weeping owner in the waiting room—is one of RoboJerry's biggest assets.
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