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District Veterinarian

Date Posted:  Jul 28, 2019
Requisition ID:  9949

Lafayette, IN, US, 47901

Work for Indiana

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.


About the Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Animals have contributed a lot to Indiana's history, providing food, income, recreation, assistance and companionship to millions of Hoosiers every day. State lawmakers recognized the value of those relationships in 1889, when they created the office of the State Veterinarian and the Livestock Sanitary Commission.

Today, that commission, now known as the Board of Animal Health (BOAH), operates under the direction of an 11-member Board of animal industry professionals who meet quarterly to set agency policy.

While the original mission to "prevent and suppress contagious and infectious diseases among the livestock," has not changed in over 100 years, the scope of BOAH's work has expanded:

  • to enhance Indiana's economy by protecting Hoosiers' investment in animal agriculture, wildlife, horses and companion animals.
  • to protect public health by preventing and controlling the spread of animal diseases, such as rabies, which pose a threat to people.
  • to maintain a vital link in a safe food supply through the state meat and poultry and dairy inspection programs.
  • to help people and their animals who are victims of large-scale disasters such as floods and tornadoes. 


This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $63,908.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


District Veterinarian

The District Veterinarian works for the State Board of Animal Health performing veterinary work in the enforcement of state livestock disease control and inspection programs. This role is assigned to and is responsible for a specific county geographical area of the state. The position covers a district of 9 counties, with Tippecanoe county in the center of the district. The district veterinarian's base is his or her home. He or she must live in the district.

A day in the life

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Assures that private veterinarians are properly testing, inspecting, and vaccinating animals at sale barns, slaughter houses, fairs, and farms.
  • Performs a variety of inspections and tests on animals to conduct surveillance for diseases and pests, such as classical swine fever, tuberculosis, brucellosis, chronic wasting disease, scrapie and pseudorabies.
  • Conducts inspections, tests and reviews to assure that the livestock, poultry and other animals meet State and Federal animal health standards.
  • Conducts ante mortem and postmortem examination of animals presented for slaughter and determines the appropriate disposition. 
  • Conducts investigations related to drug residues in meat and dairy products and determines remedial actions. 
  • Assists other veterinarians in diagnosing and treating animals. 
  • Works with animal owners and their veterinarians to develop appropriate disease control and eradication plans. 
  • Issues quarantines and other orders to restrict the movement of animals and objects and assures compliance with quarantine requirements. 
  • Collects samples from livestock, poultry and other animals and from objects and the environment. Prepares sample specimens for shipment and laboratory testing. 
  • Conducts epidemiological studies to trace diseased animals, prepares reports and recommends or initiates action to control disease. 
  • Provides information on agency programs to interested citizens, groups and organizations to promote cooperation with the State program. 
  • Inspects laboratories and markets for conformity with state laws and regulations. 
  • Provides assistance to law enforcement and other government units, including expert opinion and/or testimony, on animal related issues such as complaints alleging animal neglect or abuse. 
  • Works with local government, volunteer organizations, farmers and processors on the development and implementation of biosecurity, antiterrorism and emergency response programs. 
  • Serves as Incident Commander for an animal emergency event until properly relieved and then serves in other assigned roles.
  • Maintains a variety of records and reports on all phases of veterinary activities. 
  • Completes necessary paperwork for health certificates, permits, and documents;
  • Performs related duties as required.
What we're looking for
  • Must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Indiana.
  • Must be a participant in good standing in the United States Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services accreditation program.
  • Must be licensed to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of veterinary medicine and 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 diseases and pests of animals.
  • Extensive knowledge of livestock and poultry industry practices in the State.
  • Specialized knowledge of animal pathology and ability to perform autopsies on animals in the diagnosis of animal 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, government representatives and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate tactfully and firmly with a variety of different people encountered on the job.
  • Ability to conduct epidemiological investigations related to animals.
  • Ability to learn and apply the Incident Command System, ICS, through level 300 and gain a basic understanding of the National Incident Management System, NIMS.
  • Must be able to determine and execute the need for and proper application of appropriate biosecurity and personal protection measures.
  • Must have knowledge of current diagnostic techniques and technologies.
  • Must have working knowledge of and be willing to learn new information technology devices and applications, such as cell phones and associated applications, personal computers and common programs (such as word processing and email).


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave



Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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