Veterinarians and others with swine production and education experience in Iowa’s pork industry now have the opportunity to become Advisors for National Pork Board's Pork Quality Assurance Plus program. The certification process requires attendance at a day-long training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of that session. The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will hold a training session May 28.
 
James McKean, Iowa State University Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the training to be held in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the ISU campus. The session will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.
 
McKean said those who qualify and are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the two-page application form. The form also is available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103. 

“If you are interested in attending, please let us know by submitting an application as soon as possible," he said. "The application deadline is May 15, with the $75 due from approved applicants by May 22.” Due to increased interest in this program, people are encouraged to apply early.

To be eligible to submit an application, people must meet the following qualifications:

1. 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
2. Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science or an equivalent combination of education and swine production experience as determined by the PQA Plus trainer reviewing the application AND
3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.