The course Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination, taught for 19 years as part of the annual Veterinary Biologics Training Program in Ames, IA, will now be offered exclusively online.

"Now that we have several years of success in delivering this course via the web, we have made the decision to remove it from the annual training program and offer it exclusively online," said Dr. Jim Roth, DVM, PhD and course instructor. "The information is better suited to be delivered online rather than in a concentrated set of lectures in a short time-frame. People can register for the course at any time and have 3 months to complete the online class at their own pace."

The Veterinary Immunology Course has been delivered online to more than 350 participants. The course gives an overview of the scientific principles of immunology specifically as it applies to vaccines and vaccination. The online course provides access to videos of the lectures, and exams that can be taken to enhance the learning experience. Participants also receive printed booklets of the lecture slides and an outline of the lecture content.

Dr. Roth and the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics have also developed a 4 ½ hour Short Course on Veterinary Immunology course in order to introduce these important topics to people who do not have a scientific or veterinary background or who need a brief refresher.

Both online courses are RACE approved for Veterinary Continuing Education credit, for 17 and 7 hours respectively.

These online courses can be taken according to participants' schedules, without travel expenses or time away from work. Participants can access the courses from an IPad® and other tablets and many smartphones as well as computers.

The course information, including fees and registration information is at www.vetimmunology.org

The Veterinary Biologics Training Program: Procedures for Ensuring Vaccine Safety and Efficacy, will continue to be offered annually. The week-long program is taught by regulatory officials from the USDA APHIS VS Center for Veterinary Biologics. It is scheduled to take place May 11-15, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. This program will be submitted for RACE approval.

Information about the 2015 Veterinary Biologics Training Program is available here.

The Veterinary Biologics Training Program: Procedures for Ensuring Vaccine Safety and Efficacy will continue to be offered annually in a classroom format at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The week-long program is taught by regulatory officials from the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Center for Veterinary Biologics. It will take place May 11-15, 2015. Information is available online. (This program will also provide RACE Continuing Education.)