3-D printing to save dogs' day

phys.org | 8/9/2018 | Staff
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3-D printed models of dog skulls are helping University of Queensland vets to save animals and educate tomorrow's veterinary students.

The models, showcased at the World Science Festival, were the result of a collaboration between UQ Library's Digital Scholars Hub and the School of Veterinary Science.

UQ - Associate - Professor - Rachel - Allavena

UQ veterinarian and Associate Professor Rachel Allavena used the skulls to help children understand how dogs with short noses can suffer from the condition brachycephalia.

"Some dogs—like pugs, French bulldogs and Boston terriers—can have such short faces that they have trouble breathing and keeping themselves cool, as they're unable to pant effectively," she said.

Trait - Humans - Dogs - Suffering - Treatments

"This trait has been selected by humans to make dogs look cute and more flat-faced like us, but it can result in significant suffering or invasive surgical treatments to help the dogs breathe."

"By having 3-D models, we're able to show just how problematic this condition is and to easily explain tricky concepts like this to school kids.

People - Dogs - Mutts - Pets

"It also helps us explain why people should consider adopting shelter dogs, which are often greyhounds or mutts, and are generally very healthy and make excellent pets."

UQ Digital Scholars Hub's Nick Wiggins, who developed the models, is excited to use emerging digital technologies for science education."

Model - Creation

"3-D model creation is becoming more accessible, more affordable and...
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