About W.E.S.T.

WEST is providing a desperately needed service in the field of embryology. We are recruiting recent graduates with a BS in any life science to become fully trained embryologists. The demand for trained embryologists is high and the supply is low. Currently, the trend is that a large number of lab directors and senior embryologists will be retiring in the coming years leaving the demand even higher. This adds to the rising number of labs already short staffed with nowhere to find trained embryologists. Labs are being forced to hire untrained embryologists and attempt to train in-house without the skills or time to do so.

WEST offers the only program in the US where a recent college graduate can, upon completion of the 3-month course, become a fully trained embryologist from the ground up. The extensive hours in the laboratory and breadth of knowledge offered to WEST participants prepares them to walk into any laboratory and perform all tasks at a fully functioning level.

WEST also offers 1 -2-week intensive training courses for an embryologist with basic training. The WEST goal is to be to provide extensive hands-on time as well as full knowledge in the science behind the work so participants are not simply bench technicians, rather, highly knowledgeable and intelligent scientists.

WEST will set you up for success and can match you with a laboratory for employment. As an embryologist for 25 years, Debbie Venier’s extensive training skills and reputation are well-known. Debbie developed the Cal Poly training program and successfully trained over 37 clinical embryologists in the 10 years she taught applied embryology. She has been invited by many different companies, societies, and embryology groups to speak and train embryologists both in the US and all over the world. Her network in the field is wide and many laboratories seeking another embryologist turn to Debbie for employees.

Debbie will work with all participants to ensure they are employed in a laboratory that fits their abilities and sets them up for a successful career in Embryology.

Catherine Welch, MS, MBA, TS
Hamilton Thorne
Senior Embryologist / Director of Development

More than just embryology skills. What Debbie teaches is to think critically about the procedure you are performing, to troubleshoot, and to understand the science behind why we do what we do. And it is through that, that you fall in love with the world of IVF, equipped to work in any laboratory across the country and around the globe!

John Whitney
Senior Manager Ovation Fertility

Debbie is a life changer. Her love of the science and ability to teach creates an environment rich in experience, knowledge and fun. It is her teaching that cultivated my love of ART, interest in all things embryology and baseline of knowledge that propelled me into the career I have today. It was through her guidance, both in class and in choosing the right program, that has allowed me a career and life I am forever grateful for.

Chloe Defibaugh
Junior Embryologist at Pacific Fertility Center

Debbie is not only a brilliant embryologist, but a dedicated mentor as well. In addition to providing you with a thorough and extensive skill set, Debbie will help guide you through the ART field professionally as well. I will always cherish my time spent at WEST and am eternally grateful I chose to trust in Debbie to prepare me for my dream career!

Megan Groverman
Northern California Fertility Medical Center

Debbie and Bill truly are the power couple of embryology and their passion for embryology is contagious. The three-month training course gave me the background knowledge and hands-on training to hit the ground running in my new position. I am beyond grateful for Debbie’s expertise, guidance, and support in making my dream of becoming an embryologist a reality!

Debbie Venier, MS, TS
Co-Founder / Director of Training
Gina Cirimele (ABB)
Lead Trainer
Bill Venier, M.Sc., TS, ELD
Co-Founder / Trainer
Robyn O'Leary, MS, TS (ABB)