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What is VALS?

VALS is a laparoscopic skills training and assessment program available for veterinary surgeons. Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), diplomates of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS), and veterinarians currently in ACVS/ECVS-approved residency training programs are eligible to enroll in VALS.

Benefits of VALS

  • Gain advanced laparoscopic skills in a low-stress environment.
  • The fastest way to gain laparoscopic manual skills including suturing.
  • Advertise your skills by VALS certification.

VALS testing for certification can only occur at an approved VALS test center in good standing, by a trained VALS proctor, using standardized equipment. VALS testing is by appointment only, please contact your preferred VALS test center for an appointment.

 

 

VALS for the Trainee

Manual Skills
Training Program
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Assessment;
VALS test
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VALS
Certification
VALS consists of two components; a manual skills training program and a laparoscopic skills assessment-the VALS test.

VALS Certification

For the participant who achieved a VALS score exceeding the passing level, a VALS certificate is awarded. Please note that mere participation in VALS testing does not guarantee a VALS certificate.

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VALS Test Centers

 

USA

Washington State University
205 Ott road Pullman 99164-7060
Dr. Boel Fransson

bfransso@vetmed.wsu.edu
Website


West Los Angeles VCA

1900 South Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Nicole Buote
Nicole.buote@vca.com, 310-473-2951
Website


Colorado State University
Department Clinical Sciences
300 W Drake rd Fort Collins, Co 80523
Eric Monnet

Eric.Monnet@ColoState.edu

Web profile


 

ACVS Surgery Summit

VALS training and testing may be available as a pre-symposium laboratory & workshop.

Please visit ACVS.org for more information, or contact Dr. Boel Fransson at bfransso@vetmed.wsu.edu.


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Canada

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road
Department of Clinical Studies
Guelph, Ontario CANADA
N1G 2W1
Dr. Ameet Singh

amsingh@uoguelph.ca

 


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