The Onderstepoort Skills Laboratory was established out of a need to accomodate increasing student numbers, decreasing availability of teaching animals and welfare issues. Veterinary clinical teaching has changed dramatically worldwide leading to the development of veterinary simulators and models that are used to teach veterinary students clinical skills
Students are offered the possibility of repeated practise on commercial and in-house produced veterinary training models before their first live animal exposures, reducing the risk of harm to animals. Appropriate support is provided in the form of step by step instruction manuals, QR codes linked to You tube videos, structured and unstructured practicals.
The Onderstepoort Skills Laboratory aims to assist in creating a learning environment in which Veterinary and Veterinary Nursing students will become competent and confident in their "Day One" clinical skills.