Here at gmw3, we’ve covered numerous times the use of virtual reality (VR) in surgical care and training. As far as we’re aware VR hasn’t been used in the veterinary field. Until now that is, with VR surgical training specialist Osso VR revealing a new partnership with Orthomed, providing immersive training to veterinarians.
The collaboration with Orthomed and its parent company, Infiniti Medical, aims to deliver a full library of veterinary procedures using Osso VR’s RoVR platform. Initially, the first module to be released will be for cruciate ligament repair surgery utilising OrthoMed’s Canine Cruciate Repair System.
The surgery involves fixing a tear in the dog’s cruciate ligaments, located in the knee. Using the VR training system trainee vets can practice as many times as required, thus gaining muscle memory which can increase performance, knowledge and confidence.
“RoVR is a valuable new resource for veterinarians to gain exposure and practice in performing surgeries. There is a growing body of evidence which shows that repeated participation in VR training leads to increased confidence and more effective clinical outcomes for our pets,” said Jared Finegold, CEO of Infiniti Medical-Orthomed in a statement. “We are proud to be the first animal health company offering VR training technology to veterinarians worldwide.”
“Osso VR offers the opportunity to train and assess yourself on any procedure in VR in order to learn new procedures, and to maintain your proficiency on existing ones. I’m incredibly excited that we can expand our evidence-backed technology into veterinary care for the first time ever by partnering with Infiniti Medical-Orthomed, a leader in the animal health technology space,” adds Justin Barad MD, CEO and co-founder of Osso VR.
Osso VR’s orthopaedic training simulator has been helping medical professionals for the past five years, expanding its specialities with interventional procedures and endoscopy. The company also completed a $27 million USD Series B funding round in 2021.
As and when Osso VR add more veterinary procedures to its roster, gmw3 will let you know.