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

 

New online resource does good job explaining the complex subject of antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance, bacteria that evolve to the point they are not easily killed by antibiotics, is a scientifically complex subject and a concern for human and animal health. A new online resource does an excellent job explaining antibiotic resistance. Read More

 

Preventing disease is a big part of a veterinarian’s ethical obligation

Animals raised for food live in herds or flocks, share water and feed troughs, and seek close contact with one another by licking, laying on each other and even rubbing snouts and noses. This can spread illnesses rapidly. Waiting for animals to show symptoms of an illness before beginning treatment is often too late. Swift action can prevent the spread of disease and result in animals receiving fewer antibiotics than they would have had they not received preventive medication. Read More

 

New year brings changes: Farmers and veterinarians must work even closer together to use antibiotics responsibly

New Food and Drug Administration guidance that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017, will end the use of antibiotics important to human medicine to promote growth in animals or to improve feed efficiency, and require veterinary oversight for the use of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture. Read More