The Veterinary Biologics Training Program is held annually for professionals in veterinary vaccine and diagnostic test development and regulatory agencies. This course provides 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.

Enrollment is now open for the 2013 Program which begins May 14, in Ames, Iowa.

Now in its 18th year, the Veterinary Biologics Training Program has been attended by nearly 1,800 individuals, including more than 500 attendees from 84 countries.

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

Program Topics

Block 1: Basic Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination, May 14-17
James A. Roth, DVM, PhD, DACVM, an award winning instructor at ISU, 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 19-23
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.

Registration is accepted for the entire program, for each block, or on a daily basis. Registrations are due by March 1. Late applications will be considered pending availability of space.

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.

Contact: Connie Scovin, Development Coordinator, Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics (IICAB)