District Veterinary Officer (Leongatha)

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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: Leongatha - Inner Gippsland area
Reference: VG/021522B
Closing Date: 28-Jan-2021
Salary Range: $101,120 - $122,348
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 021522 PD District Veterinary Officer_SCI C.docx (Word, 116KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Les Howard, Regional Manager, Animal Health
0436 619 594

Position Details

District Veterinary Officer (Leongatha)

  • $101,120 - $122,348 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Ongoing
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Leongatha (flexibility may be available)

The position of District Veterinary Officer forms part of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Services branch within Agriculture Victoria.

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.

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

To be eligible for this position you must hold the mandatory qualification as outlined in the position description.

For further information on the position, please contact Les Howard, Regional Manager, Animal Health and Welfare on 0436 619 594.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the first five key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 28 January 2021.


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