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Welcome to our newest feature, where we highlight some of our outstanding leaders.

July 27, 2015 - Dr. Leah Dorman

Due to shared efforts against emergency preparedness and response, Leah Dorman started her partnership with the National Institute for Animal Agriculture in 2007 along with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Dorman has held several leadership roles in her time including Co-Chair to the Animal Health & Emergency Management Council, Antibiotics Council and 2012 Antibiotics Symposium. Along with attending several NIAA Annual Conferences and Antibiotic Symposia, she has been a member of the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference Planning committee and received the NIAA President's Award in 2013. The President's Award is presented to an NIAA committee leader who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving NIAA, she was selected along with Dr. Jennifer Koeman for their work as co-chairs of the 2012 Antibiotics Symposium. Dorman has also been a member of the NIAA Board of Directors for the past four years.

Recently Dorman started at Phibro Animal Health and continues her commitment and membership with NIAA.

"NIAA and Phibro have a similar mission to find solutions to advance animal agriculture through the improvement of animal health and well-being, while promoting a healthy, affordable food supply," Dorman said.

Dorman is the Director of Food Integrity and Consumer Engagement of Phibro Animal Health. In this role she provides balanced information about important food and animal agriculture issues, including the responsible use of antibiotics across the entire food chain.

Phibro Animal Health Corporation develops, manufactures and markets products globally for a broad range of food animals including poultry, swine, beef and dairy cattle and aquaculture.  Their products prevent, control and treat diseases, and enhance nutrition to improve health. 

"Consumers are more interested in their food and how it is produced than ever before," Dorman said. "And, why not?  Food is an extraordinarily personal experience, and consumers are intimately involved with agriculture on a daily basis through their food…even if they don’t realize it.  Consumers have questions about their food that deserve to be answered in a non-defensive, open and honest dialogue.  We must acknowledge those concerns in order to begin to regain the public trust in the food system.  This gives us the perfect opportunity to talk about what we do in production agriculture and why we do it."

According to Dorman the real value of NIAA lays in the networking and relationship building experiences she has had.

"Not only have I made lifelong friendships with other NIAA members, I feel that I can call them for advice or thoughts when in need of a second opinion or different perspective," Dorman said.

If you are considering joining NIAA, Dorman says go for it, we'd love to have you on a committee or council!

"I believe agriculture has a bright future," Dorman said. "Embracing consumer questions and providing honest answers will help to build trust, which is an important element of that bright future. I look forward to dedicating my full attention to such matters and welcome questions from within the food system, as well as from consumers."

You can reach Dorman with any question you may have at

National Institute for Animal Agriculture • 13570 Meadowgrass Drive, Suite 201 • Colorado Springs, Colorado 80921
Phone: (719) 538-8843 • Fax: (719) 538-8847 • Email:

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