How a new synthetic dog could help save lives of many shelter animals
A Florida-based company has announced the development of what it calls a "new skinless breed of dog."
SynDaver Labs, which specializes in manmade body parts and tissue, has created the SynDaver Synthetic Canine with the goal of putting an end to terminal surgery labs.
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According to a press release, the process involves veterinary students practicing medical procedures on shelter animals who are put to sleep afterwards.
The product would also replace "canine cadavers, which are also typically euthanized animals from shelters."
SynDaver Labs claims the animal is anatomically realistic, with its patented living tissue, a heart with a heartbeat, circulatory system, and "a full list of functioning bodily systems."
As such, Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder and CEO of the company has said that students are able to conduct an array of procedures including trauma training, spays, and even brain surgery.
The company has launched a $24 million Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with the hopes of building about 1,000 dog models to distribute to select veterinary colleges.
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