Newly unveiled synthetic horse and cat models from Shark Tank company, SynDaver, on display during IMSH expo this week in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – SynDaver®, an advanced bio-technology company specializing in the creation of synthetic humans and animals for medical testing and training that appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, will offer attendees at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) an exclusive look at its recently launched equine and feline models from Jan. 26-30 at booth #938 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

SynDaver’s new equine and feline synthetic models were unveiled on Jan. 20 at the 2019 Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX) in Orlando and are expected to revolutionize veterinary training and pre-collegiate anatomy education curriculums. Like SynDaver’s existing human and canine synthetic surgical models and trainers, the new equine and CopyCat® models remove the need for using live animals or cadavers for training purposes and provide a consistent and life-like tactile experience on the most realistic replica on the market.

The SynDaver Synthetic Feline, dubbed “CopyCat,” is a full-bodied replica of the feline anatomy complete with synthetic muscles, tendons and bones, and is intended to replace the use of cat cadavers in middle school and high school science dissection labs. CopyCat comes with replaceable SynTissue® organs, which extend the useful life of this model indefinitely.

The SynDaver Synthetic Equine models have been in development for a year and a half through separate collaborations with the University of Florida and Texas A&M University. Each model supports task training and surgical procedures designed to address the specifications of the veterinary programs at the respective universities.

The University of Florida-designed equine model is an anatomical reference model with facial muscles, blood vessels, nerves and an anatomically correct upper airway. Procedures that can be practiced include tracheotomy, ophthalmology and ocular enucleation, as well as a transtracheal wash. This model also features jugular vascular access, supporting blood draws fluid administration.

The Texas A&M equine model has anatomically correct oral and nasal cavities, which can be used to train for endotracheal and nasotracheal intubations, dental inspections and more. This model features a full neck with a guttural pouch, esophagus and lower airway that allows for gastric and airway endoscopy. This model also contains vascular access through jugular veins, and has facial arteries and nerves for palpation, catheterization and blocks.

“The creation of our equine and feline models are two major steps toward further revolutionizing the veterinary industry,” said Dr. David Danielson, vice president of veterinary technologies at SynDaver. “The CopyCat and equine models allow both veterinary students and veterinarians to experience tactile realism without putting a live animal through surgery and other invasive procedures, which are still an all-too-common practice given the advancements in technology and available alternative methods.”

SynDaver expects the models will be available for purchase in Q2 2019.

SynDaver’s Synthetic Humans, animals and task trainers mimic the anatomy of live patients in great detail, including individual muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves and organs, which are all made from complex composites that mimic the properties of discrete living tissues. The company’s patented synthetic tissues, called SynTissue®, are made from water, fibers and salts. Each of these non-toxic, non-latex tissues have been validated for mechanical, physicochemical, thermal and dielectric properties against the relevant living tissue.

SynDaver maintains the world’s largest database of live tissue properties and the company’s products are designed for advanced surgical simulation, task training and poly-trauma individual and team training. They are used in diverse fields such as medical device testing, consumer products evaluation and ballistics testing.

SynDaver products are designed to be used in anatomy education, surgical simulation, funeral science education, clinical training, medical device testing, consumer product testing, crash testing, movie and television media, and military product development. Currently used around the globe, SynDaver products are replacing live animals in medical device development tests, replacing human cadavers in anatomy instruction, surgical training and mortuary science. They are utilized by military medics and first responders in trauma scenarios, battlefield medical training and other life-support training situations.

To contact SynDaver for sales and other inquiries, call 813.600.5530 or visit .

About SynDaver

Headquartered in Tampa, SynDaver is the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal models for medical education, training and surgical simulation. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies mimic live tissue properties and are used by high schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, medical device companies and the military for training, testing and validation. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties. Made from a proprietary formula of water, salts and fibers, the company holds 14 patents on their materials, processes and the related products. SynDaver has more than 100 employees at its facilities in the U.S. and is planning additional facilities in Europe, China, Brazil and India. SynDaver products have been lauded by industry experts and earned a cult following after appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank, MythBusters, Grey’s Anatomy and the series finale of CSI. For more information on SynDaver or their product offerings, visit

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synjoshNewly unveiled synthetic horse and cat models from Shark Tank company, SynDaver, on display during IMSH expo this week in San Antonio