State Veterinarian

  • State of Nevada
  • Sparks, Nevada
  • Dec 12, 2019
Full Time Animal Control or Services

Job Description

Announcement Number: 421661736


Las Vegas Office:
2300 East St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Telephone (702) 668-4590
Fax (702) 668-4567


Elko Office:
4780 East Idaho St.
Elko, NV 89801-4672
Telephone (775) 738-8076
Fax (775) 738-2693
405 South 21st St.
Sparks, Nevada 89431-5557
Telephone (775) 353-3601 Fax (775) 353-3661

State Veterinarian Nevada Department of Agriculture
Updated December 10, 2019
Updated October 7, 2019
Posted September 10, 2019
Open until position is filled

Recruitment Open To: This is an open competitive recruitment, open to all qualified applicants. This
position is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture

Join us at the NDA in support of our mission to preserve, promote and protect Nevada agriculture. As we work
through our, newly launched, 5-year strategic plan, to advance our commitment to our employees, our
customers and our partners, you'll join a team dedicated to public service.

ABOUT THE NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: The NDA's $230 million budget supports the
NDA's mission to preserve, promote and protect Nevada agriculture. The NDA includes five divisions of
Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition and Plant Industry. The NDA
employs 150 FTE in offices in Sparks, Las Vegas and Elko and some duty stations throughout the state.

APPROXIMATE Annual Salary: Up to $123,470 plus benefits * (Salary range reflects retirement (PERS)
contributions by both the employee and employer. An employer paid contribution plan is also available with a
reduced gross salary.)

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The state veterinarian serves under the direction of the Animal Industry
administrator and works closely with the director to develop and execute a strategic vision for public health and
safety in Nevada. This position provides leadership, direction, and oversight of programs for the control and
eradication of certain infectious, contagious or parasitic diseases of livestock. The state veterinarian also works
collaboratively with county, state, federal and industry partners to provide public health and wildlife education
and advisement and serves as the authority on all potential quarantine matters in Nevada. Duties and
responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Directing and supervising the administrative and technical activities of the animal disease laboratory and
related programs
• Oversight and monitoring of animal health programs' revenue and expenditures
• Monitoring of current state and federal cooperative agreements and grants
• Frequent travel throughout the state, as well as periodic travel to out-of-state conferences and training

TO QUALIFY: Applicants must be a graduate of a veterinary school or college approved by the American
Veterinary Medical Association and have 5 years' experience in official work for regulating and controlling
diseases in livestock (NRS 561.205). Page | 2
2300 East St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Telephone (702) 668-4590
Fax (702) 668-4567
405 South 21st St.
Sparks, Nevada, 89431
Telephone (775) 353-3601
Fax (775) 353-3661
4780 East Idaho St.
Elko, NV 89801
Telephone (775) 738-8076
Fax (775) 738-2693

Regulatory experience, as a licensed veterinarian, may include but is not limited to, regulating and controlling
disease in dogs, cats or other animals domesticated or under the restraint or control of humans; participation in
federal/state regulatory programs such as issuing health certificates; equine infectious anemia sampling; rabies
vaccination programs; Trichomoniasis. Additional qualifications may include, knowledge of zoonotic diseases
and the ability to address public health concerns; knowledge and understanding of programs, statutes, and
regulations relevant to animal disease prevention, testing, and diagnosis; having the ability to plan, organize
and direct work of multi-disciplinary staff and integrate activities of diverse programs; experience in
implementing public awareness and education programs to facilitate outreach communication to both medical
and non-medical groups; and knowledge of Animal Disease Traceability (ADT).

LICENSE: Possession of a valid license to practice veterinary medicine as issued by a United States licensing

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Please respond to the following questions and limit your response to one
page per question. Responses should include timeframes; reference to specific regulation or statute, when
applicable; and level of responsibility in each position as it relates to experience in the question.
1. Describe, in detail, your official work in regulating and controlling diseases in livestock inclusive of
domesticated dogs or cats as well as equine, bovine, porcine, ovine, caprine, or poultry.
2. Describe, in detail, your response, as the Nevada state veterinarian, to a single unintentional
introduction of classical swine fever in a swine operation.
3. Describe your experience working with diverse industry groups to build consensus regarding an
unpopular or difficult problem (i.e.: Trichomonosis, ADT, or other serious issues.)
4. Describe your experience as a supervisor.
5. Describe your experience in writing and/or managing federal cooperative agreements, the budgeting
process and any other financial management experience.

Position Location: The NDA headquarters is located in Sparks, Nevada. The NDA will consider
applications for the NDA headquarters as well as offices in Elko, NV and Las Vegas, NV.

Benefits: The State benefits package includes a retirement system, paid health, vision, dental, life and
disability insurance; 11 paid holidays, and paid sick and annual leave. Other employee paid benefits such as
deferred compensation plans are available.

ABOUT THE SELECTION PROCESS: To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, responses to
the additional requirements above and five professional references. Interested applicants should apply as soon
as possible as this announcement may close at any time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicant submittals will be reviewed to determine those with the most appropriate qualifications. Those
individuals will be invited to Sparks for an interview at their own expense. Final selection will be made by the
director of the NDA.


Nevada Department of Agriculture
Deputy Director Jerri Conrad Page | 3
2300 East St. Louis Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Telephone (702) 668-4590
Fax (702) 668-4567
405 South 21st St.
Sparks, Nevada, 89431
Telephone (775) 353-3601
Fax (775) 353-3661
4780 East Idaho St.
Elko, NV 89801
Telephone (775) 738-8076
Fax (775) 738-2693

PLEASE REFERENCE THE FOLLOWING IN THE SUBJECT: Last Name/State Veterinarian/How you heard
about this position

The State of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The State of Nevada is committed to Equal
Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.

Closing Date/Time: Until recruitment needs are satisfied

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