The livestock industry will soon have 19 new certified meat plant animal welfare auditors. These individuals completed a two-day instruction course sponsored by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization and the American Meat Institute. 

Two Midwest pork and beef plants hosted the hands-on training course. Participants passed a test at the end of the course and have earned provisional certification. They will earn full certification after successfully shadowing a foundation auditor in three meat plant welfare audits conducted per AMI guidelines. They will have one year in which to complete this phase of the certification.

This was PAACO’s first training course was so popular that the group will offer another one this fall. Attendees lauded the hands-on experience and opportunity to interact with other attendees and leading industry specialists who served as instructors.

PAACO’s purpose is to promote the humane treatment of animals through education and certification of animal auditors and to promote the profession of animal auditors.

Founding and current organizations are the Federation of Animal Science Societies, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and American Association of Avian Pathologists. 

PAACO news release