On July 28, Dr. Katie Mrdutt joined the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) as the Food Armor™ HACCP For Proper Drug Use program outreach specialist.
In her current role, Dr. Mrdutt will work with producers and veterinarians to train them on the WVMA HACCP (Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points plan) For Proper Drug Use program. This six step program is based on farm-by-farm implementation by identifying potential risks (hazards) and providing the know-how and action plan to implement safeguards and management practices (critical control points), creating an achievable HACCP. It is the only program of its kind to layout "how" veterinarians and producers can work together to obtain the goal of food safety and stands to redefine medication use in the dairy industry.
"The WVMA is excited to have Dr. Mrdutt join our team. She will enable us to grow and expand the Food Armor™ HACCP for Proper Drug Use program," says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA executive director. "She will work directly with veterinarians and dairy farmers to ensure safe meat and milk production through appropriate medication use."
Dr. Mrdutt will be working part-time in her position and will travel within Wisconsin and across the nation to train and educate on Food Armor™.
"I hope to help grow this program to a level where it becomes standard practice on dairy farms both statewide and nationally," says Dr. Mrdutt. "I look forward to working with the leaders of our profession and the industry to ensure the safety of the products we produce."
After graduating of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Mrdutt moved to Menomonie, Wis. to operate a Simmental and Red Angus cow/calf operation with her husband and two children. Prior to joining the WVMA, Dr. Mrdutt practiced as a large animal veterinarian in Prairie Farm, Wis. with an emphasis on dairy production systems.
The Food Armor™ HACCP For Proper Drug Use outreach specialist position is made possible by the support of the WVMA, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Wisconsin Beef Council, Equity Livestock Cooperative, PDPF and our WHAT MATTERS partner, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.
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