State Veterinarian

State of Utah

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Job Title: State Veterinarian

Job Description:
The State Veterinarian is responsible for directing the promotion of animal health; the diagnosis, surveillance, and prevention of animal disease.. The incumbent coordinates, implements, and organizes the veterinary medical aspects of the inspection of meat and poultry; and livestock brand registration and inspection programs; supervises veterinarian pathologists and livestock market veterinarians; identifies and initiates action to control communicable diseases to man; issues medical livestock quarantines; and makes final judgment of meat product and movement of meats for consumption in Utah and for TA Plants within Utah. Member of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Team. Incumbent placed in this job is required to be placed in a position schedule of AR; incumbent determines policy and how to carry out policy.

Principal Duties:

Develops, directs, and/or evaluates programs.
Represents the agency with federal, state, and local government units, in the media, or with private organizations.
Ensures compliance with applicable federal and/or state laws, regulations, and/or agency rules, standards and guidelines, etc.
Supervises subordinate personnel including: hiring, determining workload and delegating assignments, training, monitoring and evaluating performance, and initiating corrective or disciplinary actions.
Develops and implements procedures in response to agency policy, state and federal laws, etc.
Prepares and defends budget recommendations, requests, reports, proposals and/or projections.
Serves on various boards, councils, committees, or task forces to coordinate agency activities and facilitate agency goals and initiatives.
Assists the Governor and agency head in promoting agency interests on key legislative issues, rulemaking, task forces, committees, etc. Draft legislation, find sponsors, propose amendments, and track legislation of interest to the agency.
Communicates with news and other media; responds to media questions in an appropriate public relations manner.
Reviews legislation to determine impact on the operation of an agency or the state. Gives recommendations regarding implementation of passed legislation.
Solicits funds from state and federal government and/or appropriate alternative funding sources.
The Ideal Candidate:Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Must be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Must be USDA certified.
Regulatory experience.
Why You Should Join Our Team:
If you want to work for an agency that protects the public from disease of the animal origin, the animal population from disease, and livestock industry from disease. Working for the state provides great benefits and flexible work/ family life. If you would like to read more about benefits please click here.

The Agency:
If you would like to read more about working for the Department of Agriculture and Food please click here.

Typical Qualifications


The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
Teaching others how to do something.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Supplemental Information

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Must be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Must be United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified.
Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g. safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
The state veterinarian may not receive compensation for services provided while engaging in the private practice of veterinary medicine.
Valid driver license required to drive a motor vehicle on a highway in this state per UCA53-3-202(1)(a).
Work requires physical exertion. May require the ability to stand; walk over rough surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, lift moderately heavy items (up to 50 lbs.) in a recurring manner and/or for long periods of time.