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FOOD SYSTEM VETERINARIAN

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Meet the Vet

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About Me

Consumers are becoming more interested than ever before in their food and how it is produced. Their questions deserve to be answered in a non-defensive, open and honest dialogue. I look forward to engaging in this dialogue and would be happy to answer your questions, as well. My email address is  AskDrDorman@pahc.com.

When it comes to antibiotics, as the mother of three, it is vitally important to me to ensure they are effective when needed most: when one of my kids is sick. As a veterinarian with 20 years of experience, it is also important to acknowledge the value of antibiotics to the welfare of animals and safety of our food.

I took an oath when I became a veterinarian to protect animal health, prevent animal suffering, and to promote human health. Twenty years later, I still take this oath very seriously.


Quick Facts
  • Lives on family farm in Ohio with husband and three daughters
  • A mission trip to Haiti, seeing hungry and malnourished people, coupled with a love for animals, led to career in veterinary medicine and focus on food production
  • Hired by Phibro Animal Health as part of the company’s commitment to encourage and support open dialogue
  • Received 2013 NIAA President’s Award
  • Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Animal Health Association and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA)
  • Former Assistant State Veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Commissioned by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to conduct on-farm drug tissue residue investigations
  • Specially trained in biosecurity and disease recognition as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician
    • “…I chose a career that allowed me to play a
      supporting role in supplying food to the world,
      while also working to keep animals healthy.”

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Check out my blog posts

 

New FDA antibiotic sales data: What’s its relevance to reducing antibiotic resistance?
January 8, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration releases animal antibiotic sales data annually. The report for 2016 shows decreases in two key categories: sales for livestock and poultry, and medically important antibiotics. Although the latest report shows a reduction, we need to focus on using antibiotics responsibly, which in agriculture means to use less while preserving the ability to responsibly use antibiotics when needed.

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Confused by meat labels? Here’s what you need to know
December 18, 2017

The USDA’s glossary of meat and poultry labeling terms has 20 items from “basted or self-basted” to “young turkey” and includes “natural,” “no hormones” and “organic.” What do they all mean? Here’s some background and perspective on labels in general and one – no antibiotics added – in particular. Other resources are available as well that will help you the next time you’re at the supermarket shopping for meat.

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Why antibiotic use to prevent disease in livestock and poultry must remain an option
December 4, 2017

I am deeply troubled by the increasing call to eliminate the use of antibiotics to prevent disease in animals. As a veterinarian focused on the health of animals, I can say without question that if we lose the ability to use antibiotics for prevention purposes, more animals will die.

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