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.

Got a question? I might have the answer!

Many questions are covered in our in-depth Q&A section.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there – or would like to suggest a particular topic for me to expand upon – shoot me a quick message and I’ll get back to you quickly! I might even use the question for a new blog post.

Check out some of my recent blog posts

 

The role of antibiotics in addressing food insecurity

America’s public research universities are leading an initiative to address world hunger and malnutrition. The Challenge of Change Commission outlined seven challenges for public universities to address to help achieve global food and nutrition security. Food-system veterinarian Leah Dorman believes the responsible use of antibiotics in food production can be part of the solution. Read More

 

New FDA antibiotic sales data: What’s its relevance to reducing antibiotic resistance?

The Food and Drug Administration releases animal antibiotic sales data annually. The report for 2016 shows decreases in two key categories: sales for livestock and poultry, and medically important antibiotics. Although the latest report shows a reduction, we need to focus on using antibiotics responsibly, which in agriculture means to use less while preserving the ability to responsibly use antibiotics when needed. Read More

 

Confused by meat labels? Here’s what you need to know

The USDA’s glossary of meat and poultry labeling terms has 20 items from “basted or self-basted” to “young turkey” and includes “natural,” “no hormones” and “organic.” What do they all mean? Here’s some background and perspective on labels in general and one – no antibiotics added – in particular. Other resources are available as well that will help you the next time you’re at the supermarket shopping for meat. Read More