Position Title: Region Director (Veterinarian), Laredo Region
State Classification/Title/Salary Group: 1622 / Director III / B28
Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 68T – Animal Care Specialist, 00B – General Officer, 641X – LDO Administration, 01 – General Command and Staff, 800. – General Officer, 90G0 – General Officer or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply
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Plans, organizes, directs, and administers all animal health programs and administrative activities within the Laredo Region Office, located in the city of Laredo. Counties to be covered are Terrell, Val Verde, Kinney, Maverick, Dimmit, Webb, Zapata, Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron counties. The Laredo Region Office will work collaboratively with USDA APHIS partners.
Essential Job Functions:
Performs veterinary-related functions for the Laredo Region Office.
Manages and directs all animal health program activities in the Laredo Region.
Makes hiring recommendations, manages and evaluates work performance, and recommends salary/personnel actions for Supervising Inspector, Region Office Support Staff and possibly a Field Veterinarian.
Completes epidemiological investigations.
May provide procedural assistance and training to inspectors in collecting and submitting diagnostic samples for all program diseases and pests.
Ensures compliance with regulations in all aspects of livestock market and slaughter plant inspections, and livestock inspections in the field such as feral and domestic swine facilities.
Routinely performs field veterinarian activities. Ensures all phases of testing, market cattle identifications, and epidemiological investigations are complete and timely.
Prepares and delivers educational presentations to industry, veterinary and community groups, as well as to agency staff and associates when requested.
Meets with producers, market owners, and other stakeholders to address concerns and problems, as needed or required.
Fulfills leadership role for the Laredo Region in the agency’s emergency preparedness and response activities; maintains current knowledge of the agency’s role and responsibilities in emergency preparedness and response.
Performs various administrative functions associated with managing a region.
Performs other veterinarian and managerial-related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university and Texas license (or ability to qualify for license within 6 – 9 months.)
Experience in a small, mixed or large animal practice, or experience as a TAHC Field Veterinarian or USDA Veterinary Medical Officer required.
The TAHC is an emergency response agency. The Region Director position plays a key role in the agency’s emergency management activities. As a first responder, this position is subject to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments away from the regular designated headquarters for up to two weeks at a time. This duty may involve working in adverse conditions; may require irregular working hours and overtime; and, may include duties other than those specified in the standard position description.
NOTE: Position requires driving to duty points within and outside the Laredo Region using personal vehicle. Mileage reimbursed at current rate set by Comptroller of Public Accounts.
Must have valid Texas driver's license and safe driving record. Employment of the selected candidate is contingent upon the receipt of an acceptable Moving Violation Record (MVR) from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
How to Apply:
To submit your application for employment, follow the link provide below, then select Apply Online. Create and/or Login to your on-line applicant profile and electronically submit your State of Texas Application for Employment.
All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application may be rejected because it is incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.
Only interviewed applicants will receive notice of the final disposition of the selection process.
Additional Salary Information: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Internal Number: 00004402
About Texas Animal Health Commission
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) was founded in 1893 with a mission to address the Texas fever tick problem. Today, the TAHC works to protect the health of all Texas livestock, including:
equine family animals
The TAHC also works to keep pests from reoccurring as major livestock health hazards. Ultimately, the TAHC's mission and role is the assurance of marketability and mobility of Texas livestock. The TAHC works to sustain and continue to make a vital contribution to a wholesome and abundant supply of meat, eggs, and dairy products at affordable costs.
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has legislative authority to make and enforce regulations to prevent, control, and eradicate specific infectious animal diseases which endanger livestock. TAHC regulations are made and adopted by 13 governor-appointed commissioners who represent the general public and various livestock industries and professions. The commissioners serve staggered six-year terms and meet as needed to study the regulatory needs of the agency, review public comments on proposed regulation changes, and adopt ne...w rules when necessary.
Agency headquarters are in Austin. Seven region offices are strategically located across the state so the staff can work more effectively with ranchers, livestock markets and slaughter plant personnel, and other livestock industry representatives. The TAHC laboratory provides serological and microbiological diagnostic services for cattle brucellosis, swine brucellosis, and pseudorabies. The Austin laboratory provides identification of pest specimens such as screwworm fly larvae, scabies mites, and ticks collected from livestock.
Through the cooperative efforts of the Texas Animal Health Commission, animal producers, and allied industry groups, the animal population of Texas is healthy and secure.
The mission of the Texas Animal Health Commission is:
to protect the animal industry from, and/or mitigate the effects of domestic, foreign and emerging diseases;
to increase the marketability of Texas livestock commodities at the state, national and international level;
to promote and ensure animal health and productivity;
to protect human health from animal diseases and conditions that are transmissible to people; and,
to prepare for and respond to emergency situations involving animals
by conducting agency business in a responsive, cooperative and transparent manner.