Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is offering veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry the opportunity to become certified SWAP Educators under the National Pork Board’s Swine Welfare Assurance Program. The certification process includes attending a daylong training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of that session.

James McKean, associate director of IPIC and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, and Tom Baas, associate animal science professor, will lead the training, set for Sept. 8 in Algona. Both are certified SWAP educator training instructors.

To be eligible for the program, you 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 equivalent); and
3. Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.

If you qualify and are interested in the program, download, complete and submit the application form available online at The form also is available by fax or regular mail by calling the Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.

McKean says the location of the session in Algona is yet to be determined, and depends partially upon the number of approved applicants.

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