VQA Certification Programs
Veal farmers have an ethical obligation to provide for the health and well-being of animals in their care. The VQA program allows them to certify their commitment to that ethical obligation by pledging to adopt a series of quality production practices, complete training and confirm a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR). Farmers depend on veterinarians to advise them on a health program for each calf, the proper prevention and treatment of disease, and their overall plan for calf care.
A multi-level education program has been developed for producers, service representatives, and suppliers to ensure that consumers are provided with the highest quality of veal.
- Levels I and II Producer Certification
Level I certification is a temporary phase meant to allow the producer enough time to complete the Level 2 requirements. A thorough review of the VQA certification program materials, participation in a VQA educational seminar, identification of a consulting veterinarian to advise on the calf health program, and completion of a management self-assessment are among requirements for Level 2 certification. Producers must be re-certified every 2 years.
- Level III Service Representative Certification
Level III certification is for veal service representatives who become certified to present VQA training to veal farmers. Level III service representatives must be re-certified every two years. Contact the VQA program administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on being a certified trainer.