Wordless Wednesday: (Virtually) Up To Your Armpits

Think I’m kidding? No, really! A U.K. Veterinarian invented this fiberglass cow to help Veterinary students learn how to palpate cows and learn the feel of reproductive organs. We actually have something similar on campus.

Read more about this ‘Haptic Cow’ and how it helps veterinary students learn more about cattle reproduction here.


  1. We were talking about this the other day sitting around drinking coffee with a retired vet that’s turned rancher. Turns out some vet’s graduating now have never actually palpated a real cow. Just these mock models they have to simulate it. Unbelievable!

    1. That’s not the only graduating Vets have no experience with. Many don’t even know what to do walking up to a cow that’s not restrained in a chute. That I know of, there are only two students in one of the Vet school classes here that have an interest in large animal. It may be different in other schools, but with proportions like that, it’s going to be no help for the shortage.

  2. This is very cool. It’s really hard to explain this process to new breeders or other interested people. It looks a lot easier than it actually is!

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