Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus 2.0 Advisors at a session offered at Iowa State University by the Iowa Pork Industry Center. The initial certification process requires attendance at a daylong training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of that session.
This session, set for Tuesday, Nov. 26, will be led by Iowa State faculty members who are certified PQA Plus 2.0 trainers: James McKean, IPIC associate director and extension swine veterinarian, and Tom Baas, animal science professor at Iowa State.
The training will be held in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the Iowa State campus, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the session at 9 a.m. The session ends with successful passing of an open-book test following the educational portion.
There is a 15-person minimum and a 30-person maximum, and registration deadline is Nov. 15 or when the session is filled. No walk-ins are allowed and individual spots are not guaranteed until specific payment is accepted by IPIC. Initial certification is $75 per person and will be due upon notification of approval. Refreshments, lunch and all materials are included in the fee.
“Those who wish to become certified for the first time should complete and submit the application form for the Nov. 26 date soon to enable adequate time for evaluation of the application,” McKean said.
To be eligible to submit an application, people must meet the following qualifications and include the information on the application form:
- 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
- Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science (or equivalent) AND
- Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.
The application can be downloaded from this the IPIC website at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/pqaplus2.html