Training materials

The CurVet™ Imitation Training Aid

The CurVet Imitation Training aid is a purposely designed training aid to provide the skills required for humane and ethical handling and procedural competencies, without the need to use a live animal.

The Curvet rat model is British made using a material that does not include latex, but gives a unique sensitivity of a living specimen.

This model is ideal for both veterinary and biomedical establishments and has several unique features such as:

  • Realistic dermatological skin, suitable for:
    – Injections by most conventional routes
    – Micro-chipping identification
    Handling and restraint (including the ability to scruff if required)
    – The deliberate absence of fur enables this model to be cleaned and sanitised with an appropriate chemical sterilant.
  • Head and spinal movement, including rear limbs
    – Suitable for oral administration
    – Lateral and ventral head movement
    – Hard palate with incisors.
  • Realistic removable tail with two lateral tail veins ideal for:
    – Blood sampling
    – Intravenous administration
    – Insertion of a flexible catheter (Angiocath)
    – Tail has a self sealing material hence long life span
    Additional tails can be purchased separately
    – Artificial realistic non-toxic blood available
    – Internal reservoir to hold artificial blood or remain empty to contain intravenous administration of saline.
  • Realistic features such as:
    – Eyes
    – Whiskers
    – Pink extremities
    – Fore and rear limbs
    – Anus and rectum with limited aperture for thermoregulation monitoring i.e. clinical or digital thermometer

Adult rat size and weight approximately 350g
This model is NOT a toy, but a well thought out training aid to replace the use of a live animal to gain manual skill and competence, thus avoiding stress to both animal and handler.

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