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Job Title:

Regional Veterinarian-D2 - Ohio





Opening Date:

Wed. 07/24/13

Closing Date/Time:

Mon. 08/05/13 5:00 PM Eastern Time

State Salary Range:

$25.40 / Hour

Job Type:

Full-Time, Permanent, Exempt


Various Counties, Ohio

Promotional Bid

classified position (may include promotion, transfer or demotion)

Pay Range


Hours of Work

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday


Meat Inspection

Job Location

Various Counties

All applications must clearly indicate how the Minimum Qualifications & Position Specific Minimum Qualifications, if applicable, are met. Applications that do not indicate this, will not be given consideration.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not include your Social Security Number (SSN) with your on-line application and/or documentation. If attaching a document that contains your SSN, please redact (black out) SSN before attaching it to your application.

The State of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, religion, age, disability or military status in employment or the provision of services.

When contacted for an interview, an applicant who requires special accommodations due to a disability should notify the office at the time he/she is contacted so that proper arrangements can be made for the interview.

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Job Duties Benefits Supplemental Questions


The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently seeking candidates for a Field Veterinarian position in the Meat Inspection Division, District 2 (District 2 counties include Marion, Crawford, Morrow, Richland, Ashland, Medina, Lorain, and Cuyahoga). The duties for the Field Veterinarian position include but are not limited to:

  • Administers, coordinates, and enforces regulations of state and federal programs
  • Reviews and implements policies and procedures established to ensure efficiency and uniformity of meat and poultry inspections for assigned geographic area
  • Supervises inspection staff (e.g., meat inspector trainees; meat inspectors) in performance of meat inspection and disease detection activities
  • Monitors inspection activities (e.g., meat food products and poultry products)
  • Reviews Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP), humane handling, and Specified Risk Materials (SRM) programs to ensure slaughter/processing facility compliance
  • Coordinates inspection activities with local, federal and other state officials
  • Trains inspection staff on various inspector duties (e.g., disease and abnormal animal recognition on ante-mortem, and post-mortem of carcasses and parts, humane handling and slaughtering, sample collection, preservation and shipment techniques and procedures, aseptic technique, chain of custody, detection of probable causes of spoiled processed meat products, tissue sampling and testing for pathogens, detection and testing of carriers of antibiotics, sulfa, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and other chemicals)
  • Evaluates meat inspectors in performance of ante-mortem and post-mortem techniques and aseptic technique; evaluates their understanding of sanitary dressing procedures, SRM removal and humane handling requirements
  • Uses In Plant Performance System (IPPS) evaluation methodology to evaluate performance and report deficiencies of inspection personnel; Conducts IPPS reviews and coordinates with district supervisor to evaluate performance of inspection personnel
  • Gives input on annual evaluations of inspection personnel and participates in constructing performance improvement plans when needed
  • Prepares and submits specimens and samples; Monitors or conducts random and specific tissue sampling to detect chemical and biological residues
  • Uses epidemiologic principles and techniques to monitor various phases of meat handling and processing operations to prevent bacteriological contamination that impacts public health
  • Serves as the expert authority on animal health and food safety, maintaining the obligation of providing information on a daily basis to promote and protect public health
  • Conducts and leads Food Safety Assessments (FSA) as a trained Enforcement, Investigation, Analysis Officer (EIAO) in meat and poultry establishments
  • Performs in-depth evaluations to assess design and validity of establishment’s food safety systems
  • Makes recommendations and prepares administrative enforcement reports
  • Acts as liaison between inspection staff and central office (CO) (e.g. recommends whether plant is in compliance or regulatory control action is warranted; provides technical advice and outreach information to management personnel or owners of meat and poultry slaughtering and processing establishments regarding proposed construction projects and forwards plans to CO for review; monitors establishment actions to ensure recall effectiveness)
  • Conducts Humane Handling Verification visits at livestock establishments or Good Commercial Practice correlation visits at poultry establishments to ensure compliance with all animal handling/good commercial practice regulations
  • Conducts sanitary inspections of meat and poultry slaughtering and processing establishments and prepares and submits inspection reports to central office
  • Responds to inspectors’ call of suspect animals entering slaughter operation to perform thorough examination of animal in order to gather information needed to make accurate final disposition
  • Provides explanations to inspection personnel and plant personnel on animal disease conditions observed as a means of understanding and education
  • Assists in disease eradication and surveillance programs sponsored by other departmental divisions through tissue collection
  • Sampling and reporting as assigned
  • Provides animal disease control program information
  • Reviews correspondence
  • Recommends policy revisions
  • Oversees implementation of district level program policies and procedures and ensures adherence to division guidelines
  • Plans, directs, conducts and attends educational meetings, conferences and seminars
  • Delivers lectures to plant and/or livestock owners and operators, and general public
  • Conducts district meetings in coordination with district supervisor to discuss regulatory issuances, department performance standards, and staff expectations on a routine basis

Minimum Qualifications:

License to practice veterinary medicine issued by Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board; 12 months experience practicing veterinary medicine on livestock or working in area of livestock disease control and eradication or meat and poultry slaughter and processing; must demonstrate physical strength and dexterity to restrain animals. Also requires accreditation under CFR, Title 9, Part 161 issued by United States Department of Agriculture; must provide own transportation.

Training and Development Required to Remain in the Classification After Employment:

Biannual renewal of license to practice veterinary medicine issued by Ohio Veterinary Medical Board.

Major Worker Characteristics:

Supplemental Information:

No attached files will be accepted. To include your resume information, please cut and paste it on the appropriate text box on the application screen.

The recommended candidate for this position will be required to take a drug screen as part of their approval process. A candidate who tests positive for illegal or improperly used controlled drugs will not be hired.

Unusual Working Conditions: Requires travel; required to be on-call 24/7; exposed to diseased animal and poultry carcasses and viscera.


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