Equine, Bovine, Ovine/Caprine, Porcine, Poultry, Mixed, Aquatic, Camelid, Cervid, Other
DVM or equivalent
This is professional and managerial work developing policy to protect animal agriculture in Pennsylvania by working with all senior staff of the Bureau, Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, industry and Department leadership.
The position works closely with the Director and will function as acting Bureau Director in the absence of the Director; develops animal health policies to ensure the protection of livestock agriculture in Pennsylvania to include animal disease response and emergency management, homeland security, epizootiology, animal diagnostic laboratory services and quality assurance, electronic animal health (USAHERDS) and laboratory (USALIMS) databases and animal disease traceability; reviews, coordinates and guides staff on all animal health federal cooperative agreements, research for new grant opportunities and development of proposals; and supervises the work of the Bureau Chiefs including the Poultry Division Chief, the Regulations and Compliance Chief, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory Chief, and the epizootiologist.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY
Five years of experience as a veterinarian in food animal or poultry preventive medicine, including three years experience in a supervisory capacity directing professional staff. Graduate veterinary training in epidemiology or pathology may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. The graduate training must have been gained after attainment of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a current license to practice veterinary medicine as issued by a State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
About Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is committed to a sustainable and safe supply of food and agricultural products in the commonwealth – from the farm to the table – and to being good stewards of the land and Pennsylvania's natural resources. The department promotes the viability of farms, protects consumers, and safeguards the health of people, plants, animals and the environment.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens.
Pennsylvania’s 59,000 farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.7 million acres of farmland. With $7.5 billion in cash receipts annually from production agriculture, Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses are the leading economic driver in our state.
In addition to production agriculture, the industry also raises revenue and supplies jobs through support services such as food processing, marketing, transportation, and farm equipment. In total, production agriculture and agribusiness contributes nearly $75 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.