'Step towards our future': FVSU is first in state with synthetic canine for vet students

Ronshad Berry (WGXA)

FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Veterinary science students at Fort Valley State University (FVSU) have a new way of learning this year.

The school's Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health is the first school in the state to get a synthetic canine. The synthetic canine even has a name - Troy.

This state-of-the-art technology is a life-like and anatomically correct model that's used in place of live or cadaver animals during studies.

Students and faculty both said the new tool brings the curriculum to life.

"I really didn't think it was gonna be this good, but this is everything, legit everything we see when we're in class just better," said junior Kierra Kendricks.

The new tool isn't only better for students but is also a first - FVSU is the first and only school in Georgia to have one.

Assistant professor Dr. Miranda Knight said she believes the new training aid puts the university a step ahead.

"We are going to be able to use this syndaver to get the students a lot more hands-on opportunities to gain their confidence on a synthetic model before they move to the live animal model," said Knight.

This confidence will stretch to areas like tracheal intubation and endoscoping, which will help students see a brighter path to their new career.

"This is just a whole another level of even like looking at a video. We look at videos all the time, but this is like a whole step towards our future," Kendricks said.

FSVU got the new teaching aid through its title three program. The school offers Georgia's only four year veterinary technology program.

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