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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. Also, Fellows and candidates of the Surgery  Chapter in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) can enroll.

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
Assessment; VALS test
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. more

VALS Test Centers


Washington State University 205 Ott road Pullman 99164-7060 Dr. Boel Fransson Website
Cornell University 930 Campus road, Ithaca, NY 14853 Dr. Nicole Buote, 310-473-2951 Website
ACVS Surgery Summit VALS training and testing may be available as a pre-symposium laboratory & workshop. Please visit for more information, or contact Dr. Boel Fransson at
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