Swine Veterinary Public Policy Advocacy

What is the Program?

The Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program is the effort by the National Pork Producers Council to develop a cadre of swine veterinarians nationwide to advocate on behalf of the U.S. pork industry and their own profession. Only 10 to 12 veterinarians are selected for the program each year.

Why Does it Matter?

The U.S. pork industry is under mounting criticism from opponents of modern farm animal production methods. Much of this criticism is not based on science. To help balance the scales, NPPC is developing an elite team of swine veterinarian advocates. Participants learn how policy is made on the federal level and how to communicate effectively with lawmakers and regulatory officials.

Swine veterinarians who want to participate in the program should contact Liz Wagstrom, DVM, NPPC chief veterinarian, at wagstromL@nppc.org, or Dan Kovich, DVM, NPPC assistant director of Science & Technology, at kovichd@nppc.org, or by calling (202) 347-3600. For more information on the program, click here.