Students at the Wrocław University of Life Sciences are the only ones in Poland to learn how to examine animals rectally using a haptic arm. This is a state-of-the-art simulator, thanks to which future veterinary surgeons ‘diagnose’ the most common pathologies within the digestive tract of horses and cows long before their first contact with a live animal.
The Wrocław university is the only one in Poland to have a state-of-the-art robot. In Europe, it is only used by universities in Utrecht, London, Bristol and Edinburgh. The device uses haptic technology, in which mechanical communication with users takes place through the sense of touch, using changing forces, vibrations and movements.
The haptic arm was conceptualised and computerised by Professor Sara Baillie of the University of Bristol, a long-serving veterinary surgeon specialising in livestock and equine diseases, who also holds a degree in computer programming.