"Most veterinarians will have experience in our training, the need to anesthetize a dog or cat, and perform a surgical procedure to learn how to do that. But in the end, the animal's not allowed to wake up. We call those 'terminal surgeries,'" Dr. Michael Blackwell, chief veterinary officer with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), says in a video. "Why are they allowed to die or not wake up? Because they will have served their purpose in training that person. I think we can do better, we need to continue to try to do better than that."
And that's exactly what the SynDaver Canine is aiming to be: better for animals - and it also happens to be cheaper. "From an ethical standpoint, this is important because it eliminates the need to sacrifice an animal," said Sakezles. "The SynDaver Canine is a piece of capital equipment that only needs to be purchased once (it will last forever), and so over time it will become much more cost-effective than live animals or animal cadavers."