U.K. veterinary students are getting realistic experience with colic, the main cause of premature mortality in horses, thanks to a life-sized model that includes the equine intestinal tract. The Equine Colic Simulator, created by veterinarian Emma Read, has garnered praise from veterinarians. "The simulator is very realistic," said veterinarian Catriona Bell. "Several of my equine colleagues at the University of Edinburgh have agreed that it provides a very good simulation of equine intestines and is a very useful training tool for students." The tool can be used to practice other equine care skills, too, Dr. Bell said.