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

 

When science and some consumers are on opposite sides of an issue

There’s strong evidence antibiotics used in livestock and poultry are not driving antibiotic resistance in humans, that responsible use of antibiotics minimizes agriculture’s environmental impact, and unsafe antibiotic residue in food from animals is uncommon. While science is the foundation of those findings, and decision-making processes people use to form opinions are complex, it can be discouraging when groups or individuals choose to support science only when it agrees with issues upon which they’ve made up their minds. Read More

 

FDA approves animal drugs, too; rigorous process followed

The Food and Drug Administration not only has an intensive approval process for drugs for animals that’s similar to the approval human drugs undergo, but the FDA performs additional studies on drugs for food-producing animals not required for human drugs to be sure meat, milk and eggs are safe for us to consume, and that the drugs are safe for the environment. This process is intended to ensure public health. Read More

 

Animal antibiotics conversation requires context

Comparing animal and human antibiotic use is complicated. That's why the proper context is so important. Read More