District Veterinary Officer

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Agriculture / Primary Industry
Classification: SciC
Work Location: South West - Colac-Otway
Reference: VG/020599V
Closing Date: 23-Jan-2020
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: 020599 PD District Veterinary Officer_SCI C_DJPR_ED Approved.doc (Word, 161KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Linda Fahy
03 5336 6629

Position Details

$98,396 - $119,052 (Plus Superannuation)

•             Tenure: Ongoing 

•             Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)

•             Usual work location: Colac


The District Veterinary Officer (DVO) will work as a member of the Animal Health and Welfare Unit, to ensure the delivery of major animal health projects that include disease surveillance; livestock legislation and enforcement management; emergency preparedness and response; and traceability and auditing. As the supervisor of the staff in their district, the DVO is accountable for the delivery and quality assurance of the Animal Health and Welfare program in their district.

District Veterinary Officers are required to lead disease and animal welfare investigations in their district. By utilising their clinical experience in the prevention, investigation, diagnosis, control, eradication and treatment of diseases of farmed livestock in Victoria, they will contribute to better veterinary outcomes in these investigations.

The successful applicant will manage staff delivering services that contribute to protecting and improving market access, work effectively as a member of a team, enjoy flexible working arrangements and undertake a wide variety of work across the division, involving;

  • Management of animal welfare risks
  • Disease surveillance
  • Domestic and Export certification
  • National Livestock Identification System auditing
  • Preparedness and response to animal disease outbreaks
  • Response to animal welfare issues

As part of an integrated and flexible business model within the Biosecurity and Agriculture Services Branch (BAS), you may also provide support to other programs or other regions.

You must work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment and with other agencies such as Victoria Police, CFA, and private veterinarians within the district. You will establish strong working relationships with internal staff and various external stakeholders including private landowners, community and industry groups as well as local and state government agencies.

As this is a regulatory position, you will be required to conduct investigations and appear in court. This position has responsibilities under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (all livestock), the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, the Stock (Seller Liability and Declaration) Act 1993, the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical (Control of Use) Act 1992, the Food Act 1984 and the Livestock Management Act 2010.

For a confidential discussion, please call Linda Fahy, Regional Manager, Animal Health & Welfare on 03 5336 6629.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records and Qualification Checks prior to commencing employment with the Department.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.

Applications close at midnight on 23 January 2020 and applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the above Position Description.

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