Chief Veterinary Officer, Animal Welfare and Dairy Program Veterinarian
Veterinary Leader

Amendment: November 5th (posting closing date extended until November 26, 2019)
Amendment: November 19th (posting closing date extended until December 5th, 2019)

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.

As senior animal health officer for the Province the position is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, strategy and programs to prevent, control and mitigate for all reportable and notifiable diseases in the livestock, poultry and aquaculture industries in British Columbia.

As the Manager of the Livestock Health Management and Regulatory Unit is responsible for the strategic leadership and day to day management of the unit including oversight of multiple Acts and their regulations. The position oversees the Public Health Veterinarian, the Veterinary Epidemiologist, the Dairy Inspectors, the Compliance, Operations and Data Officer, the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP) Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Project and the Provincial Apiculturist.

The position will provide oversight to all aspects of the Dairy program and take a lead role in livestock animal welfare issues in the province as required. These two roles will require developing strong partnerships with both the BC SPCA and the BC Milk Marketing Board.

Working for BC Public Service offers a competitive salary, diverse work environment, a healthy work/life balance, and excellent benefits. In addition to the base salary for Professional Employee Association members, there is an allowance to cover professional fees, strong dental and medical plans and much more. Salary listed does not include the additional 7% Overtime Shift Standby (OSS) provision that can be taken as time off or salary on an annual basis which is on top of four (4) weeks annual leave.

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 Jane.Pritchard@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca, 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 Standard 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.
  • Must be eligible to be licensed to practice by the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia or an equivalent Veterinary Licensing body in North America.
  • Preference may be given to applicants with any of the following:
    • Additional training and/or experience with animal welfare, animal behaviour/ethology, dairy medicine, infectious disease, disease control, regulatory veterinary medicine and/or veterinary public health or epidemiology.
    • Experience with dairy veterinary practice in British Columbia.
    • Experience collaborating within multidisciplinary teams, including internal and external stakeholders.
  • A valid BC driver’s license or equivalent.

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
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. A resume is required as part of your application, however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

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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