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University: University of Edinburgh
Sector(s): Food & Drink
Innovation in Public Health Training
Veterinary and public health professionals working on farms and in food processing have a fundamental role in safeguarding both public health and the welfare of animals under their care. An essential part of public health training involves undertaking placements within abattoirs and other food producing establishments. However, it is becoming increasing difficult to gain consistent placement training due to the closure of abattoirs and production commitments limiting their ability to support visits.
Developed by public health veterinary professional at the University’s Veterinary School, using Graphisoft Corporation software for architects, the virtual simulator can strengthen and enhance learning offering easy access to explore a realistic online work environment without having to be at the establishment. It provides training through interactive learning in case scenarios, which are based on current legislation and good manufacturing code of practices to develop training in several areas of any industrial process, including: production lines; hygiene and structural requirements; health and safety; and animal welfare. The case scenarios are easy to use, versatile and can be adapted to support any end-user environment.
Preliminary results from a validation and evaluation trial of the simulator for training and educating veterinary students show that there is the potential for the simulator to enhance the learning experience for veterinary students in basic abattoir procedures, with improved training performance.
Copyright of the case scenarios embedded materials.
Development Status: Case scenarios have been developed for cattle abattoir and can easily be developed to other types of slaughterhouse, farms, cutting plants and retail.
The University of Edinburgh is seeking potential industry licensees for this technology.
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