The Cat V-Gel is a supra-glottic apparatus for the administration of anaesthetic gases to cats. We designed six different size devices to anatomically fit each size of cat. It ensures trauma-free operation and a superior air seal compared to traditional endotracheal intubation. The device has a number of key features including an inflatable cuff to increase sealing pressure. The V-Gel is helping many veterinary practitioners considerably reduce anaesthesia-related mortality through ease of use, better air flow and reduction of trauma. The V-Gel can be sterilised and reused for up to 40 autoclave cycles.
The veterinary airway management devices were initially developed in 3D CAD and from this, prototypes were produced in elastomer via a vacuum casting process. The design of the devices was further developed by prototyping devices and evaluating the designs using animal cadavers for anatomical correctness. Scanning technology was also undertaken to help with the development process and the 3D scans imported into the 3D CAD system. We developed the packaging, including the moulded tray that houses the device. The instruction manual was also designed to complete the pack.