Tampa advanced bio-tech company develops feline surgical model for veterinary colleges

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver, the advanced bio-technology company known for their creation of synthetic human and animal simulators for educational, medical testing and training, announced Tuesday the development of a new synthetic feline surgical training model, which has been designed for use in veterinary colleges.

The feline surgical model allows students to learn how to perform a spay on a synthetic cat as opposed to a live patient.

SynDaver’s synthetic surgical trainers are superior training devices to cadavers because they mimic living-tissue.

“I wish we had access to this kind of technology when I was in veterinary school,” said Dr. David Danielson, president of veterinary technology at SynDaver. “Our simulation surgical model provides repeatability, allowing the surgeon to make mistakes and perfect their craft.”

The SynDaver synthetic tissue is not silicone or plastic, it maintains the fidelity and life-like properties of live-tissue.

The first SynDaver Feline, called CopyCat was primarily used to teach anatomy at large schools and universities worldwide including Cornell University.

According to Dr. Galina Hayes, she anticipates the surgical model will have a significant impact on her students and the surgical community as a whole.

“I am beyond thrilled with SynDaver,” said Dr. Galina Hayes, Associate Professor, Small Animal Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Our students have had the privilege to train on the Canine Surgical models previously, and we couldn’t be happier. However, the newest feline surgical model gives them the opportunity to perform the feline spay, which is a benchmark in their surgical skills acquisition. The simulator allows them to practice in a highly realistic model where they can repeat as often as necessary, get comfortable with the tools required and have no fear of failure or harm to a patient. What SynDaver has provided is an opportunity to remove the enormous stress and anxiety our students feel when practicing an unfamiliar procedure on a live patient. This is a huge leap forward for us in achieving high quality learning and retention of surgical skills.”

SynDaver is hopeful that students high school age or even younger could get access to the surgical models, expanding advanced education to younger students.


“This is really just the beginning,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO of SynDaver. “In the next couple of months, we are going to roll out additional veterinary products, including a synthetic monkey arm, and we have even discussed the possibility of potentially one day developing a manatee or dolphin.”

SynDaver’s synthetic humans, animal models and task trainers simulate the anatomy of live patients in great detail, including individual muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves and organ systems. The company’s patented synthetic tissues are made of water, fibers and salts, and each has been validated against the relevant living tissue for mechanical and physical properties.

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About SynDaver
Headquartered in Tampa, SynDaver has more than 100 employees across the U.S. and 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. Made from a proprietary formula of water, salts and fibers, the company holds 16 patents on their materials, processes and the related products.  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.

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