Veterinary students at the University of Bristol (UK) have using their new "Breed'n Betsy" -- a machine that simulates parts of a cow's body and replaces the use of live animals for this part of veterinary training:
The metal frame simulators allow students to diagnose pregnancies, and carry out artificial insemination and embryo transfer.
Students can also use the system to teach themselves with the aid of guidance posters and have the freedom to practice whenever they want.
"Many of our students come in to try out the simulators," said Mike Steele, from the School of Veterinary Sciences.
"As a result, the first rectalling class with a new group of students is very much more successful.
"No student is in a cow for more than five minutes now and up to 90% leave the first session having felt a uterus, most differentiating whether pregnant or not."
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