Veterinary Biologics Training Program, May 11-15, 2015

Ames, IA - The 20th Veterinary Biologics Training Program will be held May 11-15, 2015 in Ames, Iowa.

The Program provides an overview of the USDA regulatory process for assuring the purity, safety, potency and efficacy of veterinary biologics. It is designed for professionals working in the veterinary vaccine and diagnostic industries and for regulatory personnel from the U.S. and abroad.


Course instructors from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) will review the requirements and processes for licensing/registration and testing of veterinary biological products. The inspection and compliance process for production, release and post-marketing surveillance of veterinary biological products covered under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act is also included. This course is highly regarded as an excellent introduction and review of CVB regulatory guidelines. The Program is organized by the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics (IICAB) and is co-sponsored by the CVB and the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.


Participants can register on a daily basis or for the entire week. Registrations are requested by March 30, 2015. Depending on space availability, late applications may be accepted.


Visit the web site for detailed information including the daily itinerary, registration deadlines and fees, meals, transportation, and lodging.


In previous years, participants could also attend a 3-day session on Basic Veterinary Immunology and Principles of Vaccination. This component is now offered exclusively on-line. “On-line courses better meet the needs of today’s professionals, who can take the course at their convenience. Participants can access our courses from a computer, IPad®, and some tablets or smartphones,” said Dr. Jim Roth, DVM, PhD and course instructor. Individuals interested in an introduction or refresher in the constantly changing field of immunology are encouraged to take the on-line course prior to attending the Veterinary Biologics Training Program. Additional information and registration is available at


More than 2,250 individuals have attended the program since it was launched in 1996, including almost 650 individuals from 84 countries.