Veterinary Bioscience Institute

Continuing Education Credits

The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) is an approved continuing education provider American Association of Veterinary State Boards. VBI's courses, webinars and workshops also meet the requirements for Continuing Education Units of ASR, CALAS and AALAS. VBI's training also meets the following standards: ISO9000, cGLP, the 2010 Guide and Council of Europe's Directive 86/609 (ETS 123).

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“"I really enjoyed the online-training course (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery). The self-paced, interactive modules were very engaging and provided me with a unique opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. The practice questions, at the end of each lesson, provided me immediate feedback and allowed me to track my progress throughout the course."”
-Ashley Thurm (2nd year MLAS student, Drexel University College of Medicine)

“This was a great class (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery). I gained a substantial amount of information that will be beneficial to my job and future learning. It was well written, had audio, videos, and links. This allowed me to visually see how to perform the procedures correctly, handle the instruments, correctly identify each instrument and procedure, and where to go to find further information. The really great thing about the class was the freedom- I could go at my own speed and log-on at any time that was convenient for me.”
Carmel K., GlaxoSmithKline

“The workshop was highly informative with clear objectives. Examples and hands-on training allowed for goals to be met. I feel very comfortable performing the surgery for pump implantation. Thanks!”
- Julie C., School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

“"I never believed laparoscopy could be done in rodents. FANTASTIC. What a refinement. Russell and Burch would be proud!."”
Shelly H.

“This workshop (Inanimate Laparoscopic Workshop) has made me comfortable with basic laparoscopic techniques in both large animals and rodents.”
- C.S., Singapore Biomedical Research Institutes

“As someone with novice experience, I felt this workshop explained basics of animal laparoscopy well. I learned a great deal and the hands on portion gave me basic experience.”
- C.V, Regeneron

“Staff/presenters/assistants were very kind and knowledgeable. They took personal interest in addressing my specific questions and concerns/needs.”
- D.F., Navy Medical Center

“(Laparoscopic Workshop) very informative, very applicable”
- T.R.

“"This course (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery) provides an introduction to the basic techniques required for rodent surgery in laboratory animal medicine. Not only can the information provided on laboratory animal medicine be applied to the surgical aspect, there is general information about the regulatory and legislative programs that oversee this area or research."”
-Nikki Waltemire (2nd year MLAS student, Drexel University College of Medicine)

“This course (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery) was very thorough and easy to follow. It provides all the basic knowledge needed for beginners.”
- Catherine M., Merck & Co., Inc.

“This was a tremendous course (Rodent Osmotic Mini-pump Implantation) for novices. The course thoroughly and efficiently covered the basic information and all hands-on surgery techniques.”
- Andrew E., School of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

“"This was my first formal experience with laparoscopy. Excellent didactic material. Laparoscopy simulator wonderful. Hands on training great."”
Kathleen B

““This course (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery) was very thorough and very easy to follow. It goes over all the basic knowledge needed to begin performing rodent surgeries. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in lab animal medicine or to sharpen your surgery skills.”

-Sheera Dashkow, CVT, MLAS ‘09”
-Sheera Dashkow, CVT, MLAS ‘09

“The ability to learn the logistics of aseptic surgery and osmotic pump implantation was great, and then the ability to do the surgery was outstanding.”
- Julia K., MLAS, Drexel University College of Medicine

““The diverse course offerings by The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI) are an amazing resource for all medical professionals, regardless of experience level. I recently attended the Rodent Osmotic Mini-pump Implantation course which was an excellent summation of basic surgical techniques and technical product information, all delivered in a modern and well rounded medium. The combination of video, live conversations with surgeons, and beautifully presented slides, enabled a learning environment tantamount to a live classroom setting. I’d strongly suggest this course to any user of ALZET Osmotic Pumps or those who desire to learn more about basic implantation surgery.””
-Kurt Kemling, DURECT Corporation / ALZET Osmotic Pumps

“"This course (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery) was well written, with basic terminology for individuals of all levels to gain from taking it."”
Mary Goldy (Drexel University College of Medicine)

“This (Rodent Osmotic Mini-pump Implantation) is the perfect workshop for laying out all the key practical starting points needed to do surgical experiments.”
- Anthony C., Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

“"The simulator and hands on interactive experience was excellent. Great introduction and training."”
Frances R.

“"This course (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery) is full of relevant and detailed information and provides a well rounded overview of the concepts required for proper rodent surgery procedures and techniques."”
Jesse Swanson (College of Medicine Drexel University)

“I enjoyed the hands-on portion. Also, viewing the slides in advance gave me a better understanding of procedures and type of equipment used (Rodent Osmotic Mini-pump Implantation).”
- Aisha W., Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania

“This was a very informative workshop (Rodent Osmotic Mini-pump Implantation) with a great overview of aseptic technique and osmotic pump placement.”
- Robert D., School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania

“I found the course (Basic Principles of Rodent Surgery) to be extremely pertinent to anyone in the laboratory animal medical field, especially those working in the surgical field. The course is clearly laid out and manageable. Pictures make explanations all the more clear and the end exam is fair and reasonable…. I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested because it is educational, reasonable, and captivating.”
-Ashely Van Kurin, MLAS

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Accreditation & Affiliations

The Veterinary Bioscience Institute (VBI)  is an approved continuing education provider by


continuing education provider   continuing education provider
VBI’s training meets the following standards:



VBI’s courses and workshops also meet the requirements for
Continuing Education Units of 

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