Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-2020

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Caroline Wilson


Research on the application of 3D-printed models in human medicine is extensive, but it is relatively new for veterinary medicine. With the increased numbers of certified veterinary radiologists and animal imaging facilities, best practices in 3D model design and printing can be explored. This project was two-fold. First, an encompassing literature review was generated, outlining the development and uses of computer-generated 3D models in connection to their applications in veterinary medicine. Accurate renderings of an animal’s anatomy can be used to train new students, educate clients on their pets’ needs, and guide veterinarian surgical approaches. Several different cases were explored by body region, where models created for animal prosthetic limbs and other types of implants are increasingly being used. Successes utilizing 3D printed anatomical models in veterinary and undergraduate student education were also investigated. The second part of this research study involved the creation of a novel 3D-printed model from imaging scans provided by Western University Veterinary School. Computed tomography images from a Maltese dog with elbow joint incongruity and lateral luxation of the left radius were developed into a 3D model and then analyzed for severity of deformity, length of bones, and treatment methods. Overall, the use of 3D printing in veterinary medicine provides novel, efficient, and successful approaches to treating various disorders. This rapidly evolving technology continues to become more widespread as more veterinarians learn how to harness the capabilities of 3D modeling and printing.


Presented at the Spring 2020 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.