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PracticeRat (Sharpoint, Reading PA) is a system containing a simulation vein, artery and nerve, designed as an alternative to live animal use inmicrosurgical training. We find PracticeRat to be more expensive than living models. However, it does decrease animal usage and provides a very convenient opportunity to practice microsurgical techniques and procedures in a fairly realistic manner. Trainees can practice anytime, for any length of time, wherever microscopes are available. In this regard we find PracticeRat+ to be a useful addition to microsurgical training programs and an excellent tool for skills maintenance.