- Veterinary Epidemiologist
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is administrative and consultative veterinary work directing and coordinating statewide epidemiological efforts relating to livestock diseases.
Directs, plans, organizes, and evaluates the operations of an animal health laboratory.
Makes diagnostic and epidemiological decisions relating to livestock diseases.
Classifies animal/herd health conditions and orders control and/or eradication measures, such as quarantines, vaccinations, or herd depopulation based on analyses and interpretation of laboratory results, historical data, and field investigative reports.
Provides epidemiological assistance to herd owners and private veterinarians.
Makes diagnostic and epidemiological decisions and recommendations based upon analysis and interpretation of test results, investigative reports, symptoms, and other evidence; orders quarantines, vaccinations, herd depopulation, or other measures for the control and/or eradication of livestock diseases.
Provides epidemiological information and assistance to veterinarians, market operators, livestock producers and dealers, professional groups, legislators, other agencies, and the general public.
Monitors inter/intrastate movement of livestock; provides assistance to federal epidemiologist(s) monitoring international movement.
Interprets and applies animal health statutes and regulations relating to livestock disease identification, control, and/or eradication; develops and recommends revisions to state regulations and division policies.
Participates in the preparation of proposed animal health legislation, regulations, and policies.
Acts as liaison to state and federal epidemiologists to ensure that Missouri's animal health programs are in compliance with established national standards.
Prepares and submits epidemiological reports on exposed, infected, or quarantined herds.
Provides administrative support and advice on epidemiological issues pertaining to animal disease occurrence and control, animal health programs and services, and surveillance testing procedures.
Receives general supervision from the Director of the Division of Animal Health or other designated supervisor; exercises independence and initiative in the performance of duties within established guidelines.
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.)
Graduation from an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine; and,
Four or more years of experience as a Veterinarian involving the care and treatment of large animals and/or as a livestock market Veterinarian, including two or more years of experience in epidemiological investigations and reporting.
Ability to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Missouri.
Ability to obtain federal designation as Designated Brucellosis Epidemiologist within timeframes established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Ability to obtain federal designation as Official Pseudorabies Epidemiologist within timeframes established by the U.S. 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?
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of veterinary medicine.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, techniques, and applications of epidemiology, including epidemiological investigations.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of veterinary laboratory technology, including the basic principles of microbiology, chemistry, bacteriology, and serology.
Comprehensive knowledge of practices and procedures used to control the spread of contagious and infectious livestock diseases.
Comprehensive knowledge of state and federal animal health statutes, regulations, and policies.
Comprehensive knowledge of livestock management and marketing.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of effective supervision and training.
Ability to analyze complex data and make diagnostic and epidemiological decisions.
Ability to interpret and apply animal health statutes, rules, regulations, and policies.
Ability to evaluate laboratory operations and initiate quality control guidelines to ensure the accuracy and consistency of reported test results.
Ability to communicate effectively and prepare clear and concise reports.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, private veterinarians, market operators, livestock owners and producers, dealers, professional groups, and the general public.
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