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"VetSim - simulating vet's life": gain hands-on experience

The "VetSim" skills lab of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna provides specially equipped surgeries where veterinarians in training can learn and independently practice clinical skills prior to applying them to animal patients.

Thanks to dedicated students and faculty the idea and the demand for more hands-on experience were turned into reality in the form of a 180m² training center with several teaching rooms freely accessible to students:

  • In the treatment room students are able to practice patient interviews with the help of audiovisual media.
  • In the operating room veterinarians in training learn and strengthen skills and techniques using models.
  • There is also a test laboratory where students can gain experience working with laboratory equipment.

The skills lab offers an open learning environment and the opportunity to gain confidence and experience through self-study. Learning by observation increases the efficiency of the learning phase with animal patients because students are better prepared for patient contact.  For the university clinics of the Animal Hospital the skills lab is like a gateway to the internship and postgraduate training.

The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna would like to thank all helpers and give also thanks for the funding provided by sponsors and the Federal Ministry for Science and Research (education package).

Student Staff

Academic management

Ass.Prof. Dr. Klaus Riedelberger
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Floor plan

The skills lab comprises a total area of 180m² and is divided into various sections. The floor plan provides an overview of all facilities.

Skills Lab floor plan for download (PDF, 11 KB)