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Arizona Assistant State Veterinarian

Job Description

The Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) is currently recruiting for a full-time Assistant State Veterinarian; this position will report to the Arizona State Veterinarian of the Animal Services Division (ASD).   


The Arizona Department of Agriculture has a major role in protecting both Arizona citizens and the health and welfare of the state’s livestock industry.  This position will enhance the capabilities of the Animal Health and Welfare Program through surveillance and traceability grant programs. 


This position will implement surveillance programs for avian and livestock diseases (ALDS) in order to better prepare and respond to livestock emergencies by reviewing, revising, formulating, affecting, managing and implementing policies and procedures related to foreign animal diseases (FAD); the position requires the ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment to determine training needs, design training course and training materials; educational outreach to private veterinarians, tribal veterinarians and all other external or internal partners.  Training will include proper sample collection, preparation and preservation of chain of custody.  This position will maintain confidentiality of risk assessments of agroterrorism threats and confidentiality of all records and financial data reviewed during investigation assessments. 


The candidate will establish regulations for improving the traceability of livestock in order to provide the necessary environment in which state animal health officials can guide the development of a modern animal movement and disease surveillance system.  This will include implementing a tagging system, distributing traceability literature, training field staff, and collecting/maintaining data.   Maintain confidential relationship with the State Veterinarian and ASD Associate Director.  Position will also explore, negotiate and prepare cooperative agreements or grant opportunities with outside agencies (e.g USDA) to continue position objectives.  Financial and budgetary management of grants will be required.


DRIVING REQUIREMENT:  In-state travel is required.  An acceptable driving record for the last 39 months is required including no DUI, suspensions or revocations, and less than 8 points on your license.  Job offer is contingent upon candidate providing a motor vehicle report, at their expense, 1 week after job offer.  Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driving training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12).  If applicable, Employees who use their own transportation will maintain valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; mileage will be reimbursed if required to use own transportation.



Knowledge of:

  • ·         Federal & state laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and practices and USDA regulations

·         Zoonotic & Foreign Animal Disease (ZFAD) surveillance including Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI)

·         Animal Disease Traceability

·         Cooperative Agreements

·         Investigative techniques

·         Computer and communication technology

Skills in:

  • ·         Written/verbal communication

·         Grant writing/seek continued funding sources

·         Creating training materials/provide effective training

·         Financial/Budgetary management

·         Drive truck/trailer

·         Livestock and poultry handling

 Ability to:

  • ·         Think analytically and solve problems

·         Communicate with various external and internal customers

·         Outreach to partners and stakeholders

·         Create materials for public distribution and consumption

·         Strong organizational abilities – plan, organize, direct resources and accomplish outreach and training

Leatta McLaughlin

Associate Director, Animal Services Division

Arizona Department of Agriculture


Date Posted 8/29/2014 4:54 pm 
Location Phoenix, Arizona 
Compensation $38.4615/hour 
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