The goals for the certification program: 1) Develop a non-regulatory risk management tool that facilitates implementation of HACCP plans for proper drug use on farms. 2) Support local veterinarians’ on-farm efforts in the area of proper drug use. 3) Maintain and grow consumer and regulatory confidence in the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR). In this program, farms may be certified when they can demonstrate full implementation and maintenance of a six-section HACCP plan for proper drug use. Only veterinarians accredited through the Food Armor™ program, those that have completed Phase l and ll training seminars provided by the WVMA Food Armor™ Committee, may grant Food Armor™ Certification to farms. Food Armor™ Accreditation is limited to veterinarians because only veterinarians have the training and expertise to help farms effectively manage on-farm drug use.
Attending Phase I and Phase II completes all necessary classroom work for veterinarians to earn accreditation status. The focus of Phase ll will be to train veterinarians how to effectively certify farms. Food Armor™ HACCP for Proper Drug Use is the “how-to” of achieving food safety and proper drug use on farms. Gaining Food Armor™ Accredited Veterinarian status will empower veterinarians to work with farms to improve the quality and safety of food produced and effectively manage risk.