Meet Dr. Dorman – Food System Veterinarian

Your source for honest information about animal health issues.

 

Hello, I’m Dr. Dorman!

As the mother of three children, it is vitally important to me to ensure that antibiotics are effective when I need them most: when one of my kids is sick. As a veterinarian, I also recognize the importance of antibiotics to the welfare of animals. I took an oath to protect animal health, prevent animal suffering, and to promote human health. Remaining true to this oath is very important to me. Below is an excerpt from the oath I took.

“…I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.”

I live on a family farm in Ohio with my husband, Brad, and our three daughters. My career path began with a mission trip to Haiti as a teenager. To see the many hungry and malnourished people living in such poverty left a lasting impression and inspired my desire to play a role in providing safe and affordable food. This, coupled with a love for animals, led to a career in veterinary medicine with a focus on food production. What a great opportunity - keeping animals healthy while helping to feed the world.

I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, U.S. Animal Health Association and National Institute for Animal Agriculture and have been trained as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician. These experiences have helped me to gain deep insight into animal health issues. My time as a large animal veterinarian is the foundation of my experience and knowledge.

I welcome your questions about protecting animal health, the safety of food produced from animals, how and why antibiotics are used on the farm, or any related topics. I can be reached at AskDrDorman@pahc.com. I am committed to providing honest, accurate answers to your questions. If I don’t know an answer, I will do my best to find it for you. I was hired by Phibro Animal Health Corporation as part of the company’s commitment to encourage and support open dialogue about producing safe food, promoting animal health and balancing the needs of people, animals and the planet.

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Check out some of my recent blog posts

 

3 reasons why antibiotics are given to farm animals

Animal welfare, food safety and sustainability – there are good reasons animals raised for food are given antibiotics. Responsible use of antibiotics is the key, and procedures are in place to ensure there are no unsafe residues in meat, milk and eggs. Read More

 

For the love of science … and communication

Alan Alda’s new book, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating,” was published June 6, 2017. Empathy as a key to successful scientific communications is one of the topics in the book. How does this concept relate to technical issues such as agriculture and food production, and antibiotic use and resistance? Read More

 

Clearing the confusion on ‘factory farms’

The term “factory farm” (I call it the “double F bomb”) has become a catch-all for everything that some people perceive as being wrong with modern agriculture. A recent New York Times op-ed contains much misinformation about today’s farming technology, the healthfulness of meat, and the environmental impact of producing food from animals. Read More