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Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, Dept of

NW District Field Veterinarian 

Job Announcement Code(s): 19-02399

Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire
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  Job Working Title:
    NW District Field Veterinarian

Type of Employment:
Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Starting salary will be between $36.00 per hour and $38.59 per hour ($74,880 to $80,267, annualized). Pay upon appointment for current or former state employees may vary based on the provisions in the State Compensation Plan. This position includes an excellent benefits package. A 12-month probationary period is required. This position is in pay schedule/range 15-03.
Jeff Palkowski, HR Specialist Senior, 608-224-4762,
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Deadline to Apply:
Deadline to apply is 11:59pm CDT on September 23, 2019.
Assessment Information:
Preview Assessment  

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Division of Animal Health is recruiting to hire a NW District Field Veterinarian. This is a field-based position headquartered in Barron, Chippewa, Dunn or Eau Claire counties serving the surrounding area of northwestern Wisconsin.

DATCP works hard to serve the people of Wisconsin assuring: safe, wholesome food; consumer protection and fair business practices; animal and plant health; a clean environment; and strong agriculture and commerce.

State of Wisconsin Benefits include: 3.5 weeks of paid vacation time to start, 9 paid holidays, an ample amount of paid sick leave, a top rated benefits package, multiple insurance options and an exceptional retirement plan. For general information about State of Wisconsin benefits click HERE.

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Position Summary:   This is a professional position acting as a specialist in animal health disease control and eradication programs. The incumbent is responsible for investigating disease outbreaks; completing epidemiologic testing and investigation on exposed or infected herds, flocks, and farms; writing investigation reports, developing and implementing herd, flock, and farm clean-up plans in conjunction with the epidemiologist, State Veterinarian, and USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services representative; investigating and reporting potential exotic diseases; providing assistance to law enforcement in the investigation of alleged humane or neglect cases; providing assistance to public health officials in investigation of zoonotic diseases; and participating in special projects. This position is also responsible for enforcing animal health rules including quarantine, branding, and animal depopulation as directed; providing information to the public, animal industry, and veterinarians on disease control programs and emerging diseases; serving as lead worker directing animal health inspectors and veterinarians during herd and area testing as assigned; and providing back-up support to staff veterinarians during position vacancies in the Central Office.

The species covered are primarily livestock species such as bovines, equines, sheep, goats, swine, poultry, farm-raised deer, farm-raised game birds, camelids, ratites, and farmed fish, but also includes companion animals and some captive wildlife. Disease programs include, but are not limited to: tuberculosis, brucellosis, rabies, scrapie, regulated swine diseases, chronic wasting disease, BSE, Johne’s disease, foreign animal diseases, equine infectious anemia, emerging zoonotic diseases, and diseases of wildlife where they interface with domestic animals or captive wildlife.

This position works under the supervision of the veterinary field staff supervisor. Overnight travel may be involved with disease investigation and training in other geographic districts. This position will involve extensive travel, with 25% to 40% of the position time devoted to providing back-up support to other state and federal field veterinarians during vacancies, unusually heavy caseloads, or disease task force work.

For a full position description, please click HERE

Special Notes:   

• A criminal background check will be performed on the selected applicant prior to an offer of employment.

• Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DATCP sponsorship) at the time of application.

• This position requires extensive day travel and some overnight travel within the State of Wisconsin. Some interstate and/or international travel may be required.

• Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid driver's license, or the ability to provide one’s own transportation for work assignments is required.


Minimum Qualifications (Required - Candidates must have experience and/or education relevant to these areas in order to be considered further):

1. Graduation from an AVMA accredited college or university with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree or equivalent

2. Eligibility to obtain credentials to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Wisconsin and state/federal accreditation for Category II animals.

The Most Qualified Candidates will also describe experience and/or education in the following areas:

1. Possession of credentials to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Wisconsin and state/federal accreditation for Category II animals.

2. 2+ years of veterinary experience with a large animal practice.

3. Experience working in a veterinary regulatory environment.

It is critically important that your application materials clearly describe your experience related to the stated criteria so that the job experts who will evaluate your application materials are able to make an accurate assessment regarding your qualifications. Applicants who do not meet at least the minimum qualifications or who do not clearly identify minimum qualifications will be ineligible to continue in the selection process.

How To Apply:   Click on the "Preview Assessment" link near the top of this announcement to view the qualifications that will be evaluated in the initial part of the selection process.

To be considered for this position, you will need to create an account and apply online. For instructions on creating an account, click here. You will be required to upload a current professional resume and a detailed cover letter outlining your related professional skills and experience as they related to the qualifications outlined above.

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Application materials must be submitted by 11:59pm on the deadline date listed above.

Complete application materials will be evaluated by one or more job experts. The most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Please address questions regarding the application process to Jeff Palkowski at

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration should complete the application process to apply.


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