The employees of VBI, most notably Dr. Szczepan Baran, have continued to publish and present at major regional, national and international meetings. The international meetings included Laboratory Animal Science meetings in China and Switzerland, both of which Dr. Baran was an invited speaker.
2012 was not without its challenges. The economy is still struggling, and unfortunately the pharmaceutical industry and academia saw their training budgets slashed. What is very sad is that when training is slashed, overall costs for research experiments tend to increase, as mistakes are made and inaccurate results are obtained, leading to the repetition of experiments. It has been shown that improved training improves research results by decreasing non-experimental variables, decreases costs of research due to the elimination of avoidable mistakes and most importantly, improves animal welfare. Now that THE GUIDE and the European Union DIRECTIVE has made training a requirement for those research experiments that involve animals, we are confident that all members of the biomedical community are going to realize how critical it is to adequately train their staff. Facilities will readily see the fruits of their labor when they implement a high quality training system.
"We are extremely proud of what VBI has been able to accomplish in just a few short years", states Elizabeth Johnson, CEO of VBI. "Being a major, globally recognized provider of education for the life sciences community is a commitment that we take very seriously, and continually strive to provide the highest quality materials available."
It cannot be forgotten that training is only one step in the process to decreasing research costs, improving animal welfare and decreasing non-experimental variables. It is critical that the trainee undergoes a competency and proficiency assessment. Anyone can sit through a course or wet lab, but it is another matter entirely to demonstrate that a trainee can apply what they’ve learned. VBI has a VALIDATED competency and proficiency assessment system, so that institutions can be confident that if their staff were trained by VBI, that they will be competent to perform the functions for which they were trained.
We hope that 2013 will mark the addition of at least two other executives for VBI, so that we can continue to meet the demand of those looking for the highest quality on-line and on-site training in surgery, biomethodologies and regulations. We are striving to vastly expand the on-line course,webinar and video library to include species like non-human primates, dogs and cats. Of course, we at VBI are always open to suggestions from the biomedical community as to the areas where you feel training is most needed. VBI also plans to add a regulatory compliance library, with courses and webinars that will cover various topics within the laboratory animal science regulatory field.
We at VBI are so thrilled with how we have continued to provide the highest quality education for the biomedical community in 2012, and we know that 2013 will be even better! Join us, and improve research on a global scale!