Bovine IVF Training Course

Tyndale Veterinary Practice, Dursley, UK

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This Bovine IVP training course is designed to provide a foundation in the skills and techniques needed to establish a successful animal IVF laboratory, as well as optimising blastocyst rates in existing laboratories. Attendees of all skill levels will be trained in the techniques of Bovine IVP using the IVF Bioscience protocol and media suite, at a pace tailored to suit the individual needs of the trainees.

The course will reinforce theoretical knowledge of in vitro embryo production techniques with practical hands-on training in a highly focused learning environment. The course will be hosted by Tyndale Veterinary Practice and so attendees will have the benefit of being trained in a successful, commercial animal IVF laboratory.

Course Content

During the course, each participant receives training to develop knowledge and skills in:

Quality control & quality assurance

Laboratory setup and equipment

Usage of equipment and supplies associated with IVF

Selection of plasticware and consumables

Laboratory layout and workflow

General laboratory protocols

Laboratory entry procedures

Cleaning recommendations

Working protocols

Recordkeeping and reporting of results

IVF Techniques

Handling and manipulation of gametes and embryos

In vitro maturation (IVM), including logistics, timings and decision making for transportation

Semen preparation, including semen thawing techniques and semen analysis

In vitro fertilisation (IVF), including preparation of matured oocytes and calculation of optimal semen concentrations

In vitro embryo culture (IVC), including presumed zygote denudation techniques

Embryo evaluation and grading

Cryopreservation techniques

“ I had the pleasure of attending one of IVF Bioscience’s training courses in 2018. The genuinely friendly atmosphere of the course made for a great learning environment and I received training from real experts in the field. Even though the contents focus specifically on cattle IVP, I found that many of the strategies taught are widely applicable to other species as well. I would recommend this course to beginners and more established practitioners alike. “

Giuseppe Silvestri, PhD

Giuseppe Silvestri, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Kent

Course Structure

Each day will start with a theoretical introduction before the hands-on sessions. There will also be time allocated for individual consultancy on the specific requirements of each attendee’s laboratory.

Day Timings Material Covered
1 Half Day
1 pm – 5:30 pm
Theoretical introduction to Ovum Pick-Up (OPU)

Oocyte handling and in vitro maturation (IVM)

2 Full Day
9 am – 5 pm
Semen preparation and calculations

in vitro fertilisation (IVF)

3 Half Day
9 am – 2 pm
Denudation and in vitro culture (IVC)

Cleavage and Blastocyst assessments

Continuing consultancy and advice for effective in-lab implementation is also available to all attendees following completion of the course.

Course Price & Location Details

The cost for the training course is £3,350 (+ VAT, where applicable). The training price includes all materials for the course, lunch each day and upon completion of the course, attendees will receive an account credit of £500* to spend on IVF Bioscience media.

Attendees will need to fund their own travel, accommodation and additional meals. The training facilities are located in Dursley, Gloucestershire, U.K.

We can make recommendations for transport and accommodation options, just leave a note when you complete your form or get in touch with us via email.

* The account credit must be redeemed within 6 months of completing the course.

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