Applications are being accepted now for both PQA Plus™ Advisor training sessions.
AMES, Iowa -- 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 daylong training session and passing an exam at the conclusion of that session. The training program is being offered on two different dates by the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU).
James McKean, associate director of IPIC and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating the trainings to be held Dec. 13 at Kildee Hall on the ISU campus in Ames, and Feb. 12, 2008, at the Quality Inn, 2601 East 13th St., in Ames.
To be eligible to submit an application, people must meet the following qualifications:
- 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
- Have a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science (or equivalent) AND
- Have two years of recent documentable swine production experience.
McKean said those who qualify and are interested in the program should download, complete and submit the two-page application form for the date they wish to attend. Forms are available on the IPIC Web site at www.ipic.iastate.edu/PQAPapp1213.doc for the Dec. 13 session and www.ipic.iastate.edu/PQAPapp212.doc for the Feb. 12 session. Both forms also are available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.
McKean said the sessions will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus™ trainers.
“If you’re interested in attending, please let us know by submitting an application as soon as possible," he said. "Application deadlines are approximately 10 days prior to each session with the $75 fee due from approved applicants one week before the session date.”
PQA Plus™ was developed by the Pork Industry Animal Care Coalition, to be a continuous improvement program. The coalition, made up of pork producers, packers/processors, restaurants and food retailers, dedicated itself to finding a food-industry solution that would give confidence to consumers that U.S. pork is produced in a way that respects animal well-being. PQA Plus™ merges the food safety and animal well-being concepts of the original PQA program into three steps: individual certification through education, farm site assessment, and the opportunity for audit that gives customer credibility. For more information on PQA Plus™ contact the National Pork Board at 800-456-PORK, or go to www.pork.org/Producers/PQA/PQAPlus.aspx