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PAACO PRESS RELEASES
April 5, 2013
The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) announced today the opening of registration for its Poultry Welfare Auditor Training Course, set for June 4-6, 2013, at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The first step in the process of becoming a PAACO-certified poultry welfare auditor, the popular 3-day course features an impressive array of instructors and corporate sponsors and offers trainees an opportunity for hands-on experience at broiler, layer or turkey facilities. At these sites, they will perform mock audits and see welfare criteria demonstrated in the context of day-to-day operations, before returning to campus to take a written examination over the course materials.
More than a dozen industry stakeholders have committed financial support to this endeavor, including Butterball, Cobb, Hybrid Turkeys, Hy-Line, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Koch Foods, Novus, OK Foods, OSI Group, Pacific Vet Group, Pilgrim’s, Techno-Catch, Tyson Foods, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and Walmart.
“We’re delighted to be able to again offer this important training here in the heart of American poultry production,” says PAACO Chairman Dr. Karen Christensen of O.K. Farms, who will also be one of the course instructors. “It is particularly gratifying that such a wide spectrum of industry stakeholders recognize the great reputation we have to advance welfare in both the U.S. and internationally through quality training.”
In addition to Christensen, many other well-known industry professionals will serve as instructors: Dr. James Barton, director of technical services, Pacific Vet Group USA, Inc.; Dr. Sacit “Sarge” Bilgili, professor of graduate program offices in the poultry science department, Auburn University; Dr. Ryn Divine, director of technical services, CalMaine Foods; Dr. Temple Grandin, president of Grandin Livestock Handling Systems; Dr. Dave Hermes, regional veterinarian for broiler chickens and turkeys, Perdue Farms, Inc; Matt Jones, director of audits and assessments, Validus, LLC; Dr. Bret Rings, internal veterinarian, Cobb-Vantress; Dr. Yvonne Thaxton, professor and director of food animal well-being for the department of poultry science, University of Arkansas; and Dr. Susan Watkins, professor and director of applied broiler research in the department of poultry science, University of Arkansas.
Registration deadline is May 6, but class size is limited and enrollment will be on a first come, first served basis. Cost for the full course is $795; in addition, current PAACO-certified poultry auditors may earn continuing education credit by signing up for a daily registration at a fee of $150 per day.
July 17, 2012
PAACO ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER
The Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO) will hold a Canadian version of its popular Poultry Welfare Auditor Training Course in Mississauga, Ontario, on Sept. 25-27, in cooperation with the Poultry Industry Council.
While PAACO has been training poultry welfare auditors since 2006, this will be the first time the course has been offered outside the United States. “Over the years we have had significant interest and participation from Canadians in our poultry courses,” says PAACO Chairman Karen Christensen, PhD, of O.K. Farms, Ft. Smith, Ark., who is also one of the main instructors for the upcoming training. “When we were approached about holding a training in Canada, it seemed a logical next step to broaden our scope and also accommodate the increasing demand from their poultry industry.”
Although the course has been slightly modified to align with the Canada poultry industry structure, the training will adhere to poultry welfare audit criteria that are commonly audited and will be equivalent to the U.S.-based sessions. Welfare will be addressed related to broilers, turkeys and egg layers and includes production segments of breeders, hatchery, grower/producer, transportation and processing.
Classroom instruction will be held the first two days, with the first day providing a background on management and husbandry related to welfare criteria and audits and day two focusing specifically on the process to audit those criteria. On the third day, trainees will go into the field for audit demonstrations at broiler, layer and turkey facilities. At the conclusion of the site visits, participants will complete a closed-book test.
In addition to Christensen, other primary auditing instructors will be Don McIntyre, PhD, PAS, directory of poultry research and technical services for Diamond V Mills; and Leanne Cooley, MSc, poultry welfare specialist and nutritionist for L.H. Gray & Son, Ltd. The instructional staff also includes numerous experts in production, health care, bio-security and processing.
Trainees at PAACO’s auditor certification classes typically represent a broad spectrum of animal welfare – from academia to customers to suppliers. Corporate sponsorship for this training spans various segments of the poultry industry as well – Hybrid Turkeys, New Life Mills, Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg & Chick Commission, Ontario Egg Farmers, Ontario Turkey Farmers, Sobeys, Tim Horton’s and the University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College Department of Pathology.
Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of $950 (USD) per trainee. Class size is limited, so interested persons are urged to contact PAACO Executive Director Mike Simpson at 402-403-0104; e-mail: email@example.com as soon as possible. More information and a registration form are also available on PAACO’s website – www.animalauditor.org.
“We are delighted to be able to cooperate and bring this training to Canada,” says Tim Nelson, Executive Director, Poultry Industry Council. “PAACO has long been recognized as the standard of excellence in animal welfare auditing and by holding their poultry welfare auditor course here we will be able to increase the understanding of welfare validation as well as the concentration of PAACO-certified auditors in Canada and thus better service our country’s growing poultry industry.”
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