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
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.
Washington State University
205 Ott road Pullman 99164-7060
Dr. Boel Fransson
West Los Angeles VCA
1900 South Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dr. Nicole Buote
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
VES Scientific Meeting
VALS testing may be available in association with the Annual Scientific Meeting of Veterinary Endoscopy Society.
Please visit veterinaryendoscopysociety.org for more information or contact Dr. Boel Fransson at email@example.com
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road
Department of Clinical Studies
Guelph, Ontario CANADA
Dr. Ameet Singh