Veterinarians and other interested industry participants can become Pork Quality Assurance Plus advisors by attending a daylong training session and passing an exam for the National Pork Board’s PQA Plus program.

The session is being held Oct. 5 at the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames.

The training will be held in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the ISU campus. It will be coordinated by James McKean, DVM, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, and taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.

Interested parties should download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/PQAPapp100510.docx. The form is also available by fax by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.

The application deadline is Sept. 28, with the $75 fee requested from approved applicants by Oct. 1.

There are three qualifications for eligibility:

  1. Be a veterinarian, Extension specialist or ag educator and
  2. Have a DVM or BS degree 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.

For more information on PQA plus, contact the National Pork Board at (800) 456-7675 or go to http://www.pork.org/ceertification.