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Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.
At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.
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About the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH):
Creating a healthy, disease-free environment for Indiana’s 31 million animals is no small feat. BOAH’s team of veterinarians and animal health inspectors travel to all corners of the state to investigate possible outbreaks of disease and advise animal owners about disease prevention.
Their efforts are vital to protecting Indiana’s billion-dollar animal agriculture industry. Only by actively working to eradicate, control and prevent potentially economically devastating livestock diseases, will Hoosier farmers avoid domestic and international trade barriers. That’s why the BOAH staff works closely with veterinarians, farmers, U.S. Department of Agriculture veterinarians and other states’ animal health officials to monitor the health status of all animals crossing Indiana’s borders. BOAH veterinarians also work closely with producers to develop strategies to eradicate existing diseases and prevent the introduction of new infections.
BOAH also regulates the care and handling of livestock being bought and sold in Indiana, by licensing and inspecting livestock market facilities, auction and renderers.
While animal agriculture has long been the focal point of BOAH, the growing number of pets in Indiana (almost two-thirds of Hoosier households claim at least one) has broadened the agency’s focus. BOAH’s Companion Animal/Equine Division monitors the overall health of the horse and small animal populations. Because these animals have the closest and most frequent contact with people, preventing the spread of diseases like rabies is part of protecting human health.
The Veterinarian for the Board of Animal Health ensures that state disease control and inspection programs are implemented for proper testing, inspecting, and vaccinating at state barns, private farms, slaughter houses, and fairs.
This position will cover a geographic area in west/southwest Indiana that includes Clay, Green, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties.
A Day in the Life:
The essential functions of this role are as follows:
- Ensure that private veterinarians are properly testing, inspecting, and vaccinating animals at sale barns, slaughter houses, fairs and farms.
- Perform a variety of inspections and tests on animals for such diseases as hog cholera Tuberculosis, Brucellosis and Scabies to ensure that the livestock meets state and federal animal health standards.
- Order the rejection of sale of diseased animals or animal products.
- Assist other veterinarians in diagnosing and treating problem cases.
- Issue quarantines for animals and ensure compliance with state livestock quarantine requirements.
- Inject and collect blood samples from livestock and prepare specimens for shipment and laboratory testing.
- Make epidemiological studies to trace diseased animals found at market and slaughter plants back to the farm of origin.
- Provide information on livestock diseases and their control to the livestock association and other interested organizations to promote cooperation with the state program.
- Inspect laboratories and markets for conformity with Indiana Board of Animal Health laws and regulations.
- Maintain a variety of records and reports on all phases of veterinarian activities.
- Complete necessary paperwork for health certificates, permits and documents.
- Recruit, select, onboard, and train employees to ensure role responsibilities and expectations are clearly understood while providing opportunities to continue professional development.
- Set expectations, measure progress, provide ongoing feedback, and evaluate the performance of employees. Ensure work adheres to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures.
The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.
What You’ll Need for Success:
You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:
- Must be licensed and registered to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Indiana, also accredited by the US Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).
- Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of veterinary medicine and the ability to identify animal diseases and symptoms.
- Extensive knowledge of pertinent federal and state laws and regulations and the principles and practices governing the control and eradication of communicable and infectious diseases in livestock.
- Extensive knowledge of livestock industry practices in the state.
- Specialized knowledge of animal pathology and ability to perform autopsies on animals in the diagnosis of livestock diseases.
- Ability to secure compliance with laws and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially.
- Ability to prepare clear and concise technical reports.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, farmers and livestock operators, federal government representatives and the general public.
- Ability to communicate tactfully and firmly with a variety of different people encountered on the job.
- Ability to make epidemiological investigations in disease outbreaks.
- Ability to delegate work, set clear direction, and manage workflow.
- Ability to effectively give feedback, provide guidance or corrective action, coach, and develop employee skillsets.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:
Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:
The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:
- Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
- Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
- Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
- Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
- Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
- Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
- A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
- 150 hours of paid new parent leave
- Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
- Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
- 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
- Education Reimbursement Program
- Group life insurance
- Referral Bonus program
- Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
- Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Free Parking for most positions
- Free LinkedIn Learning access
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $80,600. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.