IDEXX Learning Center Announces Inclusion of IDEXX VetTest® Certificate Course in Curriculum at the Vet Tech Institute, Pittsburgh [Trade]

National trade school now encourages students to take online training course for the IDEXX VetTest® Chemistry Analyzer

WESTBROOK, Maine, May 13, 2009—IDEXX Learning Center's IDEXX VetTest Certificate Course is now helping to prepare students at one of the nation's leading trade schools for veterinary technicians. The Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has decided that learning about the VetTest® Chemistry Analyzer is an essential part of educating the industry's future veterinary technicians.

More than 30,000 VetTest analyzers have been placed in practices throughout the world, providing comprehensive in-house laboratory results in minutes. The Vet Tech Institute uses the IDEXX Learning Center's comprehensive IDEXX VetTest Certificate Course and other online training to enhance its curriculum and give students an understanding of the diagnostic tools commonly used in today's busy practice.

Offered through the IDEXX Learning Center, the IDEXX VetTest Certificate Course is an easy-to-follow, self-paced online course that provides an overview of basic chemistry definitions and delves into the features, benefits and operation of the VetTest analyzer. In this course, students learn how to leverage best practices and utilize all the enhancements added to the VetTest analyzer over the past year. It also teaches ways to gain efficiencies in standardization, consistency and on-the-job training. Additionally, participants earn three CE credits and receive a certificate of completion.

"I took the course myself while working at an animal hospital and found it to be a valuable, real-world learning tool," said Lisa Szafranski, licensed veterinary technician and instructor at the Vet Tech Institute's Pittsburgh campus. "At the Vet Tech Institute, I encourage my students to take the course in preparation for their future careers as licensed veterinary technicians. We're very pleased with the results, and my students like the online training format."

The IDEXX Learning Center offers an extensive range of diagnostic and practice management training with online courses, Webinars, seminars, conference education and learning library. For more information, go to idexxlearningcenter.com.

About The Vet Tech Institute

The Pittsburgh campus of the Vet Tech Institute offers high-quality, hands-on, veterinary technician education accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Students are trained in handling and restraining animal patients, office procedures, anesthesia, sterilization, radiology, pharmacology and other procedures. Students work side-by-side with staff veterinarians in an on-site kennel, which provides hands-on experience with many different animals. From assisting in surgery to monitoring sick or injured animals, veterinary technicians help care for animals of all shapes and sizes. Graduates are eligible to take the national licensing exam and become licensed veterinary technicians. For more information, call 1-888-884-7441 or 1-412-391-7021.

About IDEXX Learning Center

IDEXX Learning Center provides opportunities for veterinary professionals to gain knowledge they can put into practice. IDEXX Learning Center offerings are designed to advance animal diagnostics and veterinary practice management through an ongoing educational partnership with leading veterinarians from around the globe and a wide range of educational resources, reference materials and events. Courses and tutorials include Learning More About the Catalyst Dx™ Chemistry Analyzer, Learning More About the SNAPshot Dx® Analyzer, Cornerstone® 7.5 Basic Foundation Training, Introduction to IDEXX Reference Laboratories Services, IDEXX-PACS™ 3.0—IDEXX CR™ 1417 Capturing Images and many more.

About IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and to build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for the production animal industry and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 4,700 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.

Contact: Mary Kay Horrisberger, IDEXX Learning Center, 1-207-556-8887, marykay-horrisberger@idexx.com