Ark Livestock & Poultry Commission to offer 1-day certification for blood testing licenses
- Licenses for both private and commercial poultry blood testers offered
- Two locations for commercial tester classes, four for private testers
- Participants register on-site, day of classes
LITTLE ROCK — Experts with the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will offer a series of one-day classes to certify participants as private or commercial blood testers for Pullorum-Typhoid in poultry.
Dustan Clark, DVM, associate director of the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, and an extension poultry specialist for the U of A System Division of Agriculture, will be speaking on biosecurity at each of the sessions.
Classes for commercial testers are scheduled for Thursday, April 2 in Little Rock, and Thursday, May 7 in Fayetteville.
The Little Rock class will be held at the Cooperative Extension Service headquarters at 2301 S. University Ave.; registration starts at 12:45 p.m., and class will begin at 1 p.m.
The Fayetteville class will be held at the Cooperative Extension Service auditorium at 2536 N. McConnell Ave.; again, registration starts at 12:45 and class will begin at 1 p.m.
Both sessions should conclude in the late afternoon.
The cost of the professional blood tester’s licenses is billed directly to the participants’ employers.
Classes for private testers are scheduled for Friday, April 3 in Little Rock, Wednesday, April 8 in Hope, Friday, April 24 in Batesville, and Friday, May 8 in Fayetteville.
The Little Rock class will be held at the Cooperative Extension Service headquarters at 2301 S. University Ave.; registration starts at 8:20 a.m., and class will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The Hope class will be held at the Southwest Research and Extension Center at 362 Hwy 174 North. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and class will begin at 9:40 a.m.
The Batesville class will be held at the University of Arkansas Livestock & Forestry Research Station at 70 Experiment Station Dr. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and class will begin at 9:40 a.m.
The Fayetteville class will be held at the Cooperative Extension Service auditorium at 2536 N. McConnell Ave.; registration will begin at 8:20 a.m., and class will begin at 8:30 p.m.
All classes should conclude in the mid-afternoon. At the end of each session, successfully passing the certification test will result in the issuance of a Private Blood Tester’s license.
Those attending either private or commercial classes for the first time will receive a one-year license. Those attending for the second year will receive a two-year license; those attending for a third year will receive a five-year license. Once a five-year license is obtained, testers may renew their license every five years by mail. The cost is $22 per year.
Participants should be prepared to pay licensing fees with exact change, money order or personal check.
For additional information, contact:
- Dr. Brandon Doss @ 501-907-2254 or email@example.com
- Jane Elrod @ 501-907-2446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faye Ratthasombath @ 501-907-2258 or email@example.com
- Amanda Condry @ 501-907-2447 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service