Training Courses

IVF Bioscience Training Courses

Our IVP training courses are designed to provide a foundation in the skills and techniques needed to establish a successful IVF laboratory, as well as optimising transferable blastocyst rates in existing laboratories. Attendees will be trained in the techniques of Bovine IVF using the IVF Bioscience protocol and media suite.

In addition to this, attendees have the opportunity to learn key skills required for Equine ICSI and / or embryo cryopreservation (slow freezing and vitrification) in our optional modules.

Run by Dr Lotte Stroebech and her highly experienced team, the course will reinforce theoretical knowledge of in vitro embryo production techniques with practical hands-on training in a highly focused learning environment.

Course Content

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

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

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)*, including denundation of matured oocytes and preparation of sperm

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

Embryo evaluation and grading

Cryopreservation techniques*, including vitrification and slow-freezing

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

* Equine ICSI and vitrification training will only be available as additional modules in combination with our core IVF course. Contact a member of the IVF Bioscience team for further details on prices and content. 

“ I had the pleasure of attending one of IVF Bioscience’s training courses in Copenhagen 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. I particularly enjoyed the chance of discussing troubleshooting and project ideas in bespoke 1 to 1 sessions. 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
12 pm – 5 pm
Oocyte handling and maturation (IVM)
2 Full Day
9 am – 5 pm
Semen preparation, fertilisation (IVF), denudation and culture (IVC)
3 Half Day
9 am – 1 pm
Cleavage and Blastocyst assessments
3 Half Day
2 pm – 5 pm
Optional Session: Introduction to intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) / Vitrification
4 Full Day
9 am – 5 pm
Optional Session: Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) / Vitrification

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

OPU training is not included in this course, but can be offered separately upon request – get in touch for specific details.

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