Veterinarians and veterinary technicians can now receive up to 52 continuing education hours for attendance at the Veterinary Biologics Training Program, held annually in Ames, Iowa. The course is approved and listed on the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) website of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

This course offers the opportunity to obtain an overview of the scientific principles of immunology and vaccinology; and the USDA regulatory process for assuring the purity, safety, potency and efficacy of veterinary biologics.

The course is co-sponsored by the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics; the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Center for Veterinary Biologics; and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Program Topics

Block 1: Basic Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination, May 8-11 – 21.5 CE Hours
James A. Roth, DVM, PhD, DACVM, an award winning instructor, teaches this course which serves as either a solid introduction or refresher in the mechanisms of resistance to infectious diseases and vaccination. 

Block 2: Procedures for Ensuring Vaccine Safety and Efficacy, May 14-18 – 30.5 CE Hours
Regulatory officials from the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Center for Veterinary Biologics review the requirements and processes for licensing/registration and testing of veterinary biological products. Officials also review the inspection and compliance process for production, release and post-marketing surveillance of veterinary biological products covered under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act. This is the only event where officials present this entire set of sessions in one location.

Block 3: Laboratory Testing Related to Biologics Evaluation, May 21-23 – No CE Hours Available
Regulatory officials from the USDA APHIS VS Center for Veterinary Biologics review the principles and procedures for laboratory testing of biologics and diagnostic test kits.
Note: Block 3 will be limited to 20 international government participants.

Registration is open for the entire Program, for each Block, or on a daily basis. Visit the website for more information regarding itinerary, registration fees/deadlines and forms, housing for international participants, meals, transportation, and lodging:

Please note that Block 1 is also available as an online course. Individuals and groups can take this course at their own pace without travel expense and time away from the office. Click here to preview the online lectures and to register for the online course.