Instruction in the VALT Laboratory
The VALT lab began training veterinarians in 2008 with very basic equipment,
such as a box trainer that uses real instruments to teach hand-eye coordination
necessary for routine procedures such as suturing.
Later canine abdomen models were added that train surgeons in the feel
and size of the abdominal cavity and organs.
The virtual reality, or VR, trainer was installed in the lab in 2010. The
VALT lab will also be adding an augmented reality, or AR trainer, a hybrid that
combines virtual reality with haptic feedback.
(front, l-r) Dr. Stavros Yiannikouris, WSU equine surgery resident and Dr.
Boel Fransson, WSU small animal surgeon and VALT director, use canine abdomen
models that give an accurate feel of the size and space of a real laparoscopic