The Modern Equine Vet
June 2024
Vol 14 Issue 6 2024
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News Notes

Silicone Allows Students to Practice Injections 

The folks at UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine won the $12,500 Animal Health Award from the 24th annual Big Bang! Business Competition with a silicone injection pad that enables students to learn basic injection skills without injecting a live animal.

Beginners can start by learning basic needle and syringe handling using the injection pad alone. Advanced students can apply restraint and handling concepts by mounting the pad to a live animal for a more realistic simulation. The low cost would enable a broader range of students to use the tool.

The UC Davis Big Bang! Business Competition is organized by the Davis Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has been helping entrepreneurs for more than 2 decades. The Big Bang! is open to teams with a founder or team lead affiliated with a California college or university. The prizes are donated.

During the 8-hour marathon judging, 22 finalist teams pitched their ventures before 5 judges, who considered the teams’ integrated strategy, steps toward implementation and market opportunity to determine the winners. MeV

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