U.S. Veterinary programs using SynDaver climb to top in rankings

TAMPA, Fla. – According to the latest report issued by U.S. News and World Report, three of the top 10 veterinary college programs in the nation are using the SynDaver® Surgical Canine.

Cornell, Texas A&M and the University of Florida were all ranked in the top 10 veterinary colleges in the nation and have all adopted SynDaver technology to train their students in surgical procedures.

Cornell held on to their second-place position in the rankings; while the University of Florida had the largest upward mobility, climbing from 14 to nine; and Texas A&M moved up from seventh to fifth. U.S. News and World Report publishes the college ranking report every four years.

“We want to congratulate our partner collegiate programs on this achievement and the great strides they continue to make in educating future generations of veterinary professionals. While there are many factors that contribute to each ranking, we believe that using the newest and most realistic surgical training device on the market, the SynDaver Surgical Canine, certainly had an impact on their increase in the prestigious rankings,” said Bill Wright, president of SynDaver. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with these schools and that they have chosen to use our realistic and life-saving technology.”

The SynDaver Surgical Canine is an elaborate and sophisticated full-body surgical simulator, which is made of water, fibers and salts, similar to a real living oranism. The model can breathe and bleed similar to a live canine and it has individual muscles, vasculature, bones, organs (with and without pathologies) and more, with many components being removable and replacable so veterinary students can repeart surgical procedures until they feel confident in their skills.

“Surgery is a practical skill, and surgeons are made, not born. The SynDaver provides the perfect platform for student surgeons to try, fail and try again, allowing them to perfect those skills while minimizing the exposure of live patients to error,” said Galina Hayes, DVM, DACVECC, DACVS, BVSc, MRCVS, PhD, assistant professor, section of small animal surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

SynDaver’s products have been lauded as an ethical and cost-effective education tool for a variety of anatomy, medical and surgical coursework.

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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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U.S. Veterinary programs using SynDaver climb to top in rankings