Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus program. The certification process requires attendance at a day-long training session and passing an exam upon the conclusion. The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will hold one such training session on Oct. 5.

 James McKean, IPIC associate director and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the training, which will take place in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the Iowa State campus. The session will be taught by Iowa State animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.

Qualified and interested participants should download, complete and submit the two-page application form availableonline, McKean notes.. The form also is available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.

 Eligible applicants 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 DVM 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 Sept. 28, with the $75 fee requested from approved applicants by Oct. 1,” McKean says.

For more information on PQA Plus contact the National Pork Board at (800) 456-PORK, or go to its website.

 Source: Iowa State University