Carolyn Cartwright, left, demonstrates the use of Hallie, a dog simulation model, to third-year veterinary student Ashley L’Hirondelle. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Squeezing a toy car out of a length of tube sock is not typically something veterinarians have to grapple with, but it is a situation grounded in reality.It’s one of the simulated procedures budding young veterinarians can suit up and try out on model animals at this year’s Vetavision, a student-run open house held by the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.“One of our models is a surgery scenario geared for kids. It’s a big stuffed animal and we put action figures and little trucks and things in the simulated intestine,” said Carolyn Cartwright, a registered veterinary technician and manager of the BJ Hudges Centre for Clinical Learning.“So they have to gown up and put on gloves and a cap and mask and find what they feel inside of a sock and pull it out.” Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Watch dogs walk on an underwater treadmill at Vetavision Novel U of S dachshund gait research has broader implications for rehab medicine Calving simulator challenges misconceptions, prepares vet students Carolyn Cartwright, left, demonstrates the use of Agnes, a calving simulator, to third year veterinary student Mattie Smith. Third-year veterinary student Ashley L’Hirondelle was among a group setting up to welcome the public Thursday afternoon. The event is just as exciting for students as it is for attendees, she said.“It’s a family-friendly event, so I really like seeing all of the little kids getting excited to see the animals and to get dressed up. In addition to showcasing all of the different disciplines and all of the animals we get to work with, it’s also really important for public education.”[email protected] Held every two years, Vetavision opens the college for two days to allow the public to see some of the work done there.That includes the BJ Hughes Centre, which houses some of the clinical simulation models that serve as a valuable learning tool for veterinary students.“Whether it’s the veterinary students or the general public, having realistic or anatomically correct models gives you a true learning experience,” Cartwright said. “They can actually learn all of that on a model in a safe environment before they have to worry about holding that wiggly puppy. It cements that learning.”For this year’s event, taking place Friday and Saturday, the models available to the public range from a stuffed dog to a lifelike calving model named Agnes that even has ‘milkable’ udders.“With Agnes, people can actually go in and palpate, or feel, how that calf would be normally, or maybe abnormally, coming,” Cartwright said. “So it gives them a realistic experience they wouldn’t get with a live cow. You wouldn’t have a live cow being palpated multiple times by hundreds of people.”Other models available to try out are Hallie, a dog with speakers to simulate a heartbeat and breathing to check on with a stethoscope, and other dogs in need of some chest compressions or a bandage.