Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus advisors May 19 at Iowa State University. The certification process requires attendance at a training session and passing an exam. The training session is sponsored by the Iowa Pork Industry Center.
James McKean, DVM, IPIC associate director, is coordinating the training to be held in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the ISU campus. He said 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 available online. The form also is available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.
To be eligible, candidates 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.
The application deadline is May 5, with $75 due from approved applicants by May 12.