A new generation of ultrasound capabilities has arrived at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine to enhance the training of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing students. The college will integrate the use of Butterfly iQ+ Vet, the world’s only single-probe whole-body, multi-species imaging system, into the first year of the DVM program and the Veterinary Nursing (UN) program.
The smartphone-operated Butterfly iQ+ Vet Ultrasound System will be assigned to groups of four to six Purdue DVM or VN students for use in courses such as anatomy and physiology to advance their three-dimensional understanding of anatomy. Students will perform ultrasound on phantom models and live animals in parallel with traditional dissection and palpation to confirm and reinforce their growing knowledge of organ structure and position in vivo. The Purdue Office of the Provost provided a grant to the college in support of the initiative.
Using the Butterfly ultrasound probe, students can self-directed investigate the anatomical relationships between organs and variations within and between species. Students can also upload images to the Butterfly Cloud for interactive discussions with their classmates and the instructors who teach the courses.
“It’s especially important to include this technology early in the curriculum, as ultrasound is quickly becoming an integral diagnostic tool for veterinary and human medicine, akin to the stethoscope,” said Susan Mendrysa, PhD, associate professor of basic medical sciences, who proposed the proposal. coordinated for the grant from the Provost’s Office. “By giving Purdue DVM and VN students access to the Butterfly iQ+ Vet ultrasound device from the start of their education, they will have the opportunity to hone their hand-eye coordination and gain experience in obtaining standardized ultrasound, thus preparing them for the clinical portion of their training.”
The iQ+ Vet is the second generation veterinary ultrasound device from Butterfly Network, Inc. (NYSE: BFLY), a digital health company transforming healthcare with wearable full-body, multi-species diagnostic imaging. The iQ+ Vet brings sharper imaging, a new procedural guidance tool and hardware improvements that make the solution more powerful, versatile and easy to use.
Veterinarians can request more information about Butterfly iQ+ Vet at: vet.butterflynetwork.com.
About Butterfly Network
Butterfly Network, founded by Dr. Jonathan Rothberg in 2011 and listed on the NYSE through a merger with Longview Acquisition Corp (NYSE: BFLY), is the maker of the world’s most advanced handheld, single-probe, veterinary full-body ultrasound system, Butterfly iQ+ Vet. Butterfly’s mission is to enable universal access to superior medical imaging, and part of that mission is to enable the scanning of every animal at every veterinary visit. Through its patented Ultrasound-on-ChipTM technology, Butterfly is paving the way for earlier remote detection and management of health problems around the world. The Butterfly iQ+ Vet can be purchased online from vets in approved countries in-store or by contacting the sales department.
About the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine aims to advance the global health and well-being of animals and people through excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. The university is home to the Purdue University Veterinary Hospital and the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and serves as a major referral center for the diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases. Faculty of animal and human health research, with an emphasis on animal welfare science and human-animal bonding; infectious diseases and immunology; cancer; neuroscience; and musculoskeletal biology and orthopedics. The college is also one of the few nationally to train all members of the veterinary team. Students may pursue Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, bachelor’s or associate degrees in Veterinary Nursing, postgraduate internships and residencies for special training, or graduate degrees in Basic Medical Sciences, Comparative Pathobiology, or Veterinary Clinical Sciences. For more information, visit www.vet.purdue.edu.