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Simulation-Based Education
Training the most competent veterinarians to improve care for animal patients

Simulation-Based Education

Simulation-based education is essential for training the most prepared and competent veterinary graduates in the country. Simulation is used routinely to train human medical doctors, and WSU is a leader in advancing technical and clinical simulation training for veterinarians.

Our program offers an integrated approach to simulated medical and communication training. From basic suturing skills to client communication to fully integrated simulations to experience the spectrum of care, we provide hands-on opportunities to learn and practice necessary veterinary skills.

Simulation-based education is a key component to training some of the most prepared and competent veterinary graduates in the country. We use simulation to enhance student exposure and experience, building their confidence and increasing patient safety.”

-Dr. Julie Cary, director of the Simulation-Based Education program

Clinical Simulation Center

The center provides hands-on simulated veterinary training from basic suturing to surgery and from anesthesia models to emergency room care. 

Students, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians have access to some of the most advanced medical training models, including life-sized cow and horse models, dog resuscitation models with both heart and lung sounds, anesthesia models to learn intubation, and a technical simulation room that simulates many types of operating room and emergency room situations.

Our veterinary faculty and staff work with WSU scientists to create the most realistic models. “Chloe,” a black Lab model used for anesthesia training, was developed by WSU engineering students to have a heartbeat and tongue and eye sensors so students can see how an animal might respond in different medical situations.

Clinical Communication

We use trained actors to simulate client scenarios students may encounter once they begin their own practice. 

Students are trained how to communicate effectively with clients on real-world situations, such as when an animal owner may disagree about treatment options, concerns about how to pay for the veterinary care, or knowing when it is time to say goodbye to a beloved animal.


Interested in being a guest instructor, coach, or simulated participant?

WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine has the nation’s first simulation program accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare with a focus on veterinary medicine.


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