Preclinical Surgical Services (PSS) partners with the Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) at the Piedmont Triad Research Park in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
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Preclinical Surgical Services (PSS) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC has partnered with the Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) at the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP), Winston Salem, NC, in the making of educational materials for veterinary, medical and biomedical personnel and their respective institutions.
VBI translates and modifies validated technologies from human surgical education, allowing for the creation of more effective training tools for the laboratory animal community. VBI is a recognized international provider for the development and distribution of effective training. A selected list of current VBI’s clients includes institutions such as Gades Institute (Norway), University of Bergen (Norway), Cinvestav (Mexico), University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, NIH (US & Canada), USAMRIID, Tufts University, AstraZeneca (US & Canada), GlaxoSmithKline (US & UK), Pfizer, Genzyme, Amgen, Taconic, and Charles River Laboratories (US & Canada), Abbott, Merck and Sanofi.
Surgeons and other staff members from PSS and resources such as its surgical suites, imaging services and laparoscopic training facilities will be featured in instructional videos and other products that will be developed, produced, marketed and distributed by VBI, a leading provider of Internet-based technical and surgical-methodology resources.
In addition to videos, the PSS-VBI collaborations will include online courses, webinars and seminars aimed at clinical and research veterinarians, biomedical research faculty and technicians, and instructors and students in pre-veterinary, veterinary and veterinary technician programs.
Furthermore, the PSS-VBI collaboration will include surgical and microsurgical hands-on workshops at PTRP for clinical and research veterinarians and human surgeons, biomedical research faculty and technicians.
“We’re very pleased to be working with VBI on these projects,” said H. Vince Mendenhall, D.V.M., Ph.D., the director of PSS and an internationally recognized expert in surgical research. “We consider their interest in working with us as a compliment on what we do and the way we do it. Also, these projects fit right in with the training and education aspects of our mission, along with precise surgical methodology.”
- allows for utilization of PSS’s world class surgical suites, imaging services and laparoscopic training facilities, located at the PTRP.
- allows for more efficient development of high quality surgical and biomethodology educational materials which can be accessed globally, on-demand, and continually updated, providing the most current, cutting edge material.
- allows for collaborative development of materials by world renowned surgeons from PSS and VBI, thereby providing more refined and effective procedures that also standardize best practices throughout the global life sciences community.
- provides resources which will allow researchers and scientists to initiate and complete studies faster with less non-experimental variables, thereby providing better data while reducing study costs significantly
- these internet based training materials
- will make it significantly easier and more cost effective for research institutions to meet their training and continual education requirements set by the new Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in the United States and updated training provisions of the European Union Directive 2010/63/EU.
- will allow clinical and research veterinarians and veterinary technicians to meet their continuing education requirements, all without the added expense and time of travel.
- will complement veterinary schools surgical training programs which will increase veterinarians’ competency level as it has done in human surgical training programs
- reduce the number of animals used in education and research, and help ensure more favorable outcomes when animals are utilized in the process.
“This is a great opportunity for both partners”, says Szczepan Baran, VMD, MS, the president of VBI and an internationally recognized expert in surgical research, “It leverages the complementary strengths and interests of the two institutions and represents an innovative new framework for development of virtual, internet-based and hands-on surgical training and competency assessment, which not only fits with VBI’s mission [promoting the three R’s; refinement, reduction and replacement of animal models], but it also helps solve the most pressing challenges of access to high quality, precise surgical training within the laboratory animal and life sciences fields.”
“This partnership is committed to advancing surgical education and biomethodology training to meet the needs of personnel in the laboratory animal and life sciences fields. The long-term goal of this collaboration is to develop a one-stop-shop surgical and biomethodology training resource for the laboratory animal, life sciences and veterinary communities,” states Elizabeth Johnson, CEO of the Veterinary Bioscience Institute.
VBI staff will also initiate a monthly seminar series starting January 2013 at the Wake Forest Biotech Place, a state-of-the-art multipurpose biotechnology research and innovation center, presenting topics such as Using Social Media for Job Hunting and Network Building in the Field of Life Sciences and Rodent Laparoscopy, A Significant Refinement for Rodent Abdominal Surgery, and its Application in Models of Neoplastic and Inflammatory Diseases.
One PSS-VBI project has been already been completed: a demonstration of the proper techniques to be employed in spaying a dog. The demonstration surgery was a success and the patient has since been adopted as a pet.