In April the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) will give veterinarians and others involved in Iowa’s pork industry the chance to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® 2.0 Advisors. The session will be held at Iowa State University. The initial certification process requires mandatory attendance at a daylong training event and the passing of an exam at the conclusion of that session.

This session, set for Thursday, April 24, will be led by these Iowa State faculty members who are certified PQA Plus® 2.0 trainers: James McKean, IPIC associate director and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian, and Tom Baas, animal science professor.

This daylong session will be held in the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, 2516 Mortensen Rd. Ames, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the session at 9 a.m. The session ends with successful passing of an open-book test following the educational portion.

There is a 15-person minimum and a 30-person maximum, with an April 10 deadline or when the session is filled. No walk-ins are allowed and individual spots are not guaranteed until specific payment is accepted by IPIC. Initial certification is $75 per person and will be due upon notification of approval. Refreshments, lunch and all materials are included in the fee.

“Those who wish to become certified for the first time should complete and submit the application form for the April 24 date soon to enable adequate time for evaluation of the application,” McKean said.

To be eligible to submit an application people must meet the following qualifications and include the information on the application form:

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.

Download the application form from this page on the IPIC website.