The Veterinarian IV, Agriculture position at the Maryland Department of Agriculture manage the resources and activities of the Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory large animal necropsy area and provide pathology services (perform necropsies and interpret test reports) for domestic animals, primarily livestock and poultry, to provide accurate and timely diagnostic serves and guidance to farmers, private and public animal health professionals. The Large Animal Necropsy Director plays a key role in fulfilling the Department of Agriculture’s mission to protect and foster the development of agriculture by identifying diseases that could cause economic injury to the state’s vital animal industries or pose a threat to public health. The diagnoses provided by the Director are critical to guiding field veterinarians, the State Veterinarian, and the Secretary of Agriculture in determining the appropriate course of action to take with regards to quarantine restrictions and implementation of animal disease emergency response plans.
Education: A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or a Veterinary Medical Doctor’s degree from a college or university accredited or recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Experience: Five years of full-time postdoctoral experience in Veterinary Medicine, three years must have been in a Veterinary diagnostic laboratory specialty area or equivalent.
1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctor of Philosophy degree or Doctor of Science degree in pathology or microbiology or Board certification by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists or Veterinary Microbiologists for three years of the required specialized experience.
2. Candidates may possess board certification in American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine, Bovine, Food Animal, Dairy, Swine, Avian), American College of Internal Medicine (large animal), American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and American College of Poultry Veterinarians for three years of the required experience.
3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master of Science degree in pathology or microbiology, or a Master of Public Health for two years of the required specialized experience.
4. Candidates may substitute the possession of a PhD in Public Health for three years of the required specialized experience.
5. Total allowable substitution under notes #1, 2, 3 and 4 are three years.
6. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in veterinary preventive medicine classification or veterinary preventive medicine specialty codes in the veterinary medical science field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is a unit of Maryland State government. The Department was formed in 1972 on the basis of agriculture's growing importance and impact to the economy of the state.
Headquarters of MDA is at 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway in Annapolis, Maryland and branch offices are located at several strategic sites around the state in order to serve local needs.
Many activities of the MDA are regulatory in nature, others are assigned to a category of public service and some are educational or promotional in scope. All are intended to provide the maximum protection possible for the consumer, protect the environment and promote the economic well-being of farmers, food and fiber processors and businesses engaged in agricultural related operations.