Director, Animal Health Centre
Management Band 4

This position is currently under review for exclusion.
An eligibility list may be established.

Bring your vision, leadership and strategic planning skills to this important role

The Plant and Animal Health Branch supports the sustainability of animal and plant agriculture, while serving to protect the well-being of the people of the province through surveillance, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and the development of strategies to mitigate identified risks. The Plant and Animal Health Branch consists of three key programs: The Animal Health Centre, the Livestock Health Management and Regulatory Unit, and the Plant Health Unit. 

Together, those three areas allow the Branch to diagnose, monitor, and assist in controlling and preventing plant and animal pests and disease in British Columbia. The Branch also supports the province’s adoption of innovative, sustainable management technologies and practices that support improved quality, consumer confidence, and global competitiveness.

The Director of the Animal Health Centre (AHC) is responsible for all aspects of the management and operation of the AHC , an American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians – accredited, full service, all species veterinary laboratory. The AHC operates as the British Columbia provincial veterinary reference laboratory. The wide spectrum of test results generated by the AHC provides key animal health surveillance data to the Ministry of Agriculture in support of agricultural sustainability, public safety, provincial food security and global competitiveness of BC’s livestock industry.

The Director of the AHC is part of management team that allows the position to apply its leadership and professional competencies towards the Branch vision of a thriving, sustainable agricultural industry free from serious impacts caused by pests and diseases for the benefit of all citizens of British Columbia. The position includes oversight of the budget, implementation, evaluation and development of a variety of specialized tests in the various laboratory sections – Pathology, Virology, Bacteriology, Serology, Molecular Diagnostics – to diagnose, monitor, and assist in the prevention, control and management of animal diseases in British Columbia.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an educational institute accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, or successful completion of the North American Licensing Exam (NAVLE) and other pre-requisite exams required to obtain a full licence to practice in British Columbia.
  • Postgraduate training to the Masters or PhD level in Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology, Microbiology, Virology or Molecular Diagnostics and a minimum of six years of relevant experience in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.
  • Experience in a leadership and a supervisory role.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

Cover letter required: NO –
Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume required: YES – Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES (COMPREHENSIVE) – As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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