"The model is made from SynDaver tissues – comprised of water, fibers, and salts – which have been shown over the last two decades to closely mimic live tissue," he said. "Finally, while our model does breathe and bleed, it will never have feelings of pain, sadness or abandonment."
Though terminal surgeries have rapidly declined in medical schools, the use of cats and dogs for dissection in veterinary schools still continues. And though many vet schools do offer alternatives to these "terminal" procedures, some still do not.
Watch the first live surgery using the SynDaver Canine here (if you can stomach it!):