- Veterinarian II
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is supervisory and administrative veterinary work for the Department of Agriculture involving the direction of a variety of programs for the identification, control and/or eradication of livestock diseases in a designated region of the state.
An employee in this class is responsible for directing and reviewing the activities of district veterinarians in a variety of disease control and/or eradication programs for cattle, horses, swine, sheep or other livestock. Work may also include statewide responsibility for the coordination of a complex and large-scale disease-specific livestock program such as pseudorabies or brucellosis. In addition, the employee is responsible for directing staff efforts in the inspection of livestock markets and slaughter establishments, the investigation of infected and quarantined herds, the preparation of epidemiological investigations and the development and implementation of herd management plans. Work also involves primary responsibility for the dissemination of information and the promotion of state and federal animal health programs to control or eradicate livestock diseases for the improvement of the livestock industry. General supervision is provided by the Deputy Veterinarian or other designated superior; however, the employee exercises considerable independence and initiative in the performance of assigned duties.
Develops and/or approves and monitors plans for the management of infected and quarantined herds which enable livestock owners to maintain productivity levels while controlling the spread of disease.
Prepares and maintains epidemiological records of exposed, infected and quarantined herds in the region; analyzes and compiles reports.
Organizes and conducts meetings with private veterinarians, livestock owners and producers, market operators, dealers and other interested parties to explain and promote state and federal animal health statutes, regulations and programs.
Supervises and evaluates assigned district veterinarians; reviews activity, livestock market and slaughter establishment inspection and epidemiological investigation reports submitted by district veterinarians for accuracy and timely submission.
Provides administrative support and advice to the Deputy Veterinarian or other state and federal officials on organizational and operational issues pertaining to animal health programs and services.
Maintains state vehicle and assigned veterinary and office equipment.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
Two years as a Veterinarian I with the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Three years of experience as a veterinarian involving the care and treatment of large animals; and graduation from an accredited school of veterinary medicine.
1. Ability to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Missouri.
2. Ability to obtain federal accreditation to perform animal health regulatory work within timeframes established by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of veterinary medicine.
Thorough knowledge of state and federal animal health statutes, regulations and policies.
Thorough knowledge of practices and procedures used to control the spread of contagious and infectious diseases in livestock.
Thorough knowledge of the different species of domestic and exotic animals typically marketed in Missouri.
Considerable knowledge of the principles of effective supervision and training.
Ability to plan, organize and supervise animal health regulatory functions for a large geographical region of the state.
Ability to develop production management and disease control plans for infected herds.
Ability to train, supervise and evaluate veterinarians and Animal Health Inspectors in proper work methods and procedures.
Ability to communicate effectively and prepare complete and concise reports.
Ability to transport, assemble and use livestock-handling equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, livestock producers and businesses, private veterinarians, other state and federal officials and the general public.
Ability to adapt to and work in adverse weather conditions.
Ability to work varying schedules and to travel extensively in the performance of assigned duties.
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