USDA Grant Supported Food Armor Training Opportunity

August 11, 2022 • Madison, WI •

This program has been submitted but is not yet approved for 6 CE hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

Registration deadline: July 10th, 2022 by 5 pm


Supported by a USDA grant, this in-person Food Armor program aims to:

1) Educate veterinary students and veterinarians specifically in the areas of food safety, responsible drug use and antimicrobial stewardship in animal agriculture.

2) Provide attendees with skills to support a sustainable business model that can be used to enhance veterinary services in rural areas through implementation of learned concepts.

This opportunity is open to all veterinarians, with preference given to veterinary students and graduate veterinarians less than 15 years into practice. Attendees will receive a travel stipend to come to Madison, WI to participate in a full day Phase I training session. Better yet, a limited number of attendees ALSO have the option of extending their stay in Wisconsin to participate in a professional development Mastermind workshop hosted by the WVMA. Learn more about what a Mastermind is here!

If you are interested in also attending a Mastermind session at the same time as the Food Armor training, make sure to mark the box on your application. There is also an additional travel stipend available for individuals looking to participate in the Mastermind.


Thursday, August 11th, 2022

8 am to 5 pm Training

Learn all the Food Armor concepts and start putting those skills to practice. Sessions will include presentations, active discussions, application of concepts and group work.

This program has been submitted but is not yet approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

30 total spots available- Open to all but preference will be given to veterinary students and graduates out less than 15 years.

Friday, August 12th, 2022

Enjoy the Morning!

Some Madison attractions:

Henry Vilas Zoo

Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Chazen Museum of Art

Friday August 12th, 2022 or Saturday, August 13th, 2022

Friday 2pm to 7pm or Saturday, 7am to 12pm

Mastermind programs are used by professionals in a variety of industries and through a USDA Grant, the WVMA is bringing it to the veterinary profession for FREE. 

Up to 10 participants of the Food Armor training may participate in a collaborative program hosted by the WVMA. If interested, visit this website to learn about what a Mastermind is and make sure to mark the box on your application. 


The Hotel Indigo, Madison, WI

The in-person meeting will be held at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Madison.

  • Room rate of $209 + tax (Ask for the Food Armor reserved block room rate, must be booked by July 10, 2022)
    • Call 1-608-256-0061 to book your room
  • Free airport shuttle (call the hotel when you are ready for pickup)
    • For those flying in, flights should be booked into Dane County Regional Airport (MSN).
  • Many amenities on site
  • Close to everything in downtown Madison, blocks away from the Capital

Travel Stipends for Participants

The Best Part?

All qualifying participants will receive a travel stipend to offset costs associated with getting to Madison, WI.

  • Car Travel

  • $375
  • If traveling by car, each participant will receive a $375 stipend to offset hotel and fuel costs.
  • Airline Travel

  • $650
  • If traveling by airplane, each participant will receive $650 to offset airline and hotel costs.

Can’t make it in August? Watch for the next opportunities in 2022-2023!