The spring version of the extremely popular Meat Plant Welfare Auditor Training/Certification Course sponsored by the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc. (PAACO) will be held May 13-14 in Fremont and Grand Island, Nebraska.

Registrations are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and potential participants are encouraged to apply well ahead of the April 10 deadline to ensure themselves a spot as class size is limited.  This is one of only two meat plant auditor courses PAACO will offer in the United States this year, with the other slated for October 14-15 in Denison, Iowa.

The list of course instructors boasts an impressive group of industry professionals, including Dr. Lily Edwards-Callaway, animal welfare specialist for JBS Swift; Dr. Temple Grandin, president of Grandin Livestock Handling Systems; Dr. Mike Siemens, leader of animal welfare and husbandry at Cargill; and Dr. Amanda Tank, corporate manager of animal welfare and handling for Hormel Foods.

The first step in becoming a PAACO-certified auditor, the course features both classroom and hands-on instruction, with the latter being conducted at Hormel Foods swine plant in Fremont, NE, and the JBS Swift cattle plant in Grand Island.

Registration fee is $795 and includes the 2-day course, materials and two lunches.  Complete information and a registration form can be found on the organization’s website,