Veterinarians and others with pork production and education experience have the opportunity to become advisors for the National Pork Board’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. The certification process requires attending a day-long training session and passing an exam. The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University in Ames will hold a training session on May 28.

James McKean, Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the event, which will be held in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the Iowa State campus. The session will be taught by Iowa State animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.

Those who qualify and are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online. The form also is available via fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC, (515) 294-4103. 

The application deadline is May 15, with $75 due from approved applicants by May 22.

To be eligible to submit an application, people must meet the following qualifications: be a veterinarian, Extension specialist or ag educator (defined for this program as a person who spends full-time in adult education or at least half-time in production training; and has a veterinary degree or a bachelor of science in animal science or an equivalent combination of education and pork production experience as determined by the PQA Plus trainer reviewing the application; and has two years of recent, documentable pork production experience).