Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for professional veterinary work of considerable difficulty and administrative work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: The employee in this class is responsible for assisting in the operations of the Animal Industries Division. This class differs from that of Veterinarian Diagnostician 2, in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for laboratory work to isolate and identify the causative agents of diseases and performs epidemic investigation and necropsy examinations. This class differs from that of Veterinarian State, in that the incumbent of the latter directs the veterinarian program for the state.
Performing General Physical Activities:
This position is an office position in Davidson County. There may be some field work required, but the majority of the tasks are performed in office and are related to administration of programs in the Animal Health Regulatory Division. This includes helping to work with Animal Disease Traceability and develop emergency disease control strategies and preparing for emergency situations in livestock and animal agriculture.
1. Performs bio-security functions, such as cleaning and disinfection of person, clothing, vehicle and equipment (using equipment such as pressure washers, wearing protective clothing, etc.) 2. Efficiently and humanely restrains animals by using physical or mechanical means in order to collect diagnostic samples, inspect for diseases and proper identification. 3. Works under adverse conditions, such as close quarters, time of day, inclement weather, use of respirator and protective/restrictive clothing and gear weighing approximately 40 lbs. 4. Performs various physical activities in the course of handling animals, such as running, bending, reaching, squatting, climbing, lifting, crawling, pulling, pushing, etc. 5. Stands for long periods of time while inspecting, sorting, sampling and investigating. 6. Walks over rough terrain to inspect facilities, animals – distances ranging from close proximity to several miles. Handling and Moving Objects:
1. Works with hazardous objects and materials such as, scalpels, needles, knives, captive bolt guns, chemicals, disease organisms. 2. Performs sample collections (such as surgical extraction of soft tissue, blood collection, etc.) using fine motor skills. 3. Collecting, preserving, shipping and submitting of evidence or samples in order to facilitate the development of cases to conclusion. 4. Sets up restraint systems (such as portable corrals, chutes and traps) for confinement. 5. Physically moves and/or positions animals (weighing up to 2000 lbs.) for diagnostic sampling. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:
1. Incorporating last minute and unscheduled tasks into current workload to ensure timely and accurate completion of work. 2. Maintains assigned area with inspectional frequency as mandated by regulation or as required by office policy. 3. Organizes weekly workload by determining most efficient work plan based on number of inspections, locations, length of inspection time, establishment’s history, facility types. 4. Prioritizes activities based on risk factors (such as complaints, type and hazard). 5. Completes appropriate time summary and projected itinerary as required by supervisor. Making Decisions and Solving Problems:
1. Instructs and consults with those under their supervision to ensure compliance with department, state, and federal laws, rules, regulations, guidelines, processes and procedures. 2. Investigates potential risks associated with violations or diseases to determine necessary action. 3. Determines the severity of violation by reviewing current and past inspection information and comparing to regulations and laws. 4. Recommends the appropriate regulatory action to take based on inspection findings as determined by regulations and laws. 5. Makes recommendations to establishments to help resolve violations and become compliant. Documenting/Recording Information:
1. Obtains affidavits or signed statements from complainants, respondents, witnesses or others for documentation of administrative and criminal investigations. 2. Fills out forms (such as inspection, quarantine, stop movement, etc.) to document inspection/investigation findings or activities. Forwards completed forms to appropriate offices for proper retention and/or action. 3. Completes laboratory submission forms to accompany sample to the lab for testing. 4. Enters time and labor or expense information electronically to document weekly schedule and work related travel. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:
1. Completes technical training (such as diagnostic sample collection and submission), on disease investigation and recognition and epidemiology. 2. Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of pertinent State and Federal laws and regulations. 3. Continuously maintains inspection manual by adding updated information (such as memos, trade publications, and technical journals) provided by supervisor and/or administration. 4. Attends area and statewide meetings with supervisors/administration to discuss current trends, new administrative policies, legislation and other relevant topics. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:
1. Collaborates with other regulatory agencies or authorities during investigations. 2. Communicates with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. Provides public outreach related to animal health and welfare, State and Federal programs, laws and regulations. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. 3. Exchanges animal health and welfare information with government agencies, local veterinarians and/or animal health and welfare groups. 4. Communicates with individuals to ensure questions and complaints are directed to the appropriate entity. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:
1. Submits work documents to verify work completed. 2. Conducts the performance evaluation discussions with those under their supervision to ensure performance expectations are achieved. 3. Communicates with those under their supervision to inform, schedule and/or conduct joint activities. 4. Communicates with manager to inform of work activities, scheduling plans, etc. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:
1. Inspects animals or poultry on farms or in commercial environments for health and compliance. 2. Monitor and review information from disease surveillance on farms or in commercial operations, events, or the environment, to detect animal health problems. 3. Monitor animal and agricultural facilities and regulated entities (markets, dealers, fairs, premises/facilities) for animal health, and compliance with laws, regulations and program policy. Getting Information:
1. Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information, specimens or samples for testing from all relevant sources including inspections or investigations. 2. Investigate animal health events such as reported disease outbreaks. 3. Make regular contacts with the general public, animal industry stakeholders, persons in other departments or divisions, or outside organizations and representatives for the purpose of furnishing or obtaining animal health information. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:
1. Visually inspects animals for signs of transmissible diseases, proper identification, proof of ownership, required documentation. 2. Visually inspects records of animal breeders, dealers and markets. 3. Inspects physical aspects of premises and facilities for compliance purposes. Scheduling Work and Activities:
1. Participates in state animal emergency response team as required. 2. Schedules activities in accordance with agency recommendations. Duties may be required at night and on weekends as needed to meet the needs of the bu
Possession of a doctorate in veterinary medicine from an approved school of veterinary medicine and experience equivalent to one year of full-time increasingly responsible professional experience as a veterinarian
Internal Number: 12182
About Tennessee Department of Agricuture
The State Veterinarian's Office with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is hiring for the position of staff veterinarian. This position would be based out of the Nashville office, working with 3 additional veterinarians to manage animal health programs such as the National Poultry Improvement Plan, Animal Disease Traceability and participate in Emergency Preparedness for animal disease outbreaks. The Animal Health team is composed of 3 additional field Veterinary Medical Officers and 14 Animal Health Technicians.