Faculty Advisor

Reidinger, Amanda Zoe


Palpation is used in medical diagnostics to determine the conditions of underlying parts or organs using pressure of the hands and fingers on the body’s surface. There are no existing devices that teach abdominal palpation of small animals. This project aimed to design and create a haptic teaching device for use by veterinary students to learn canine abdominal palpation skills. The device simulates the tactile sense of a canine abdomen including palpable organs and abnormalities to teach students diagnostic skills. The team developed ten palpation devices with a soft tissue component, hard tissue component, three palpable objects, and two abnormalities in each device. Validation from the client, veterinary professionals, and mechanical testing confirmed the device met the objectives.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016


Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering