State Classification/Title/Salary Group: 4129 / Veterinarian III / B27
Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 68T- Animal Care Specialist or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.
Monthly Salary: $7,500 – 8,750 /mo. (90,000– $105,000 / year) plus state benefits
(Salary Commensurate with Experience)
Position Location: Position headquarters will be determined upon hire. Duties will cover the entire State of Texas.
The Field Epidemiologist (Epidemiologist) reports to the State Epidemiologist. This position is responsible for performing risk analyses to support Texas livestock industries as related to Texas livestock health issues; advising on trends in disease control and eradication efforts; monitoring surveillance methods; conducting epidemiological investigations; determining disease classifications and diagnostic procedures; and, providing assistance to field personnel.
Essential Job Functions:
Coordinates and directs multiple risk analyses in collaboration with agency personnel, USDA, and other entities to evaluate and analyze safeguards to mitigate disease risks to an acceptable level.
Generates epidemiological and statistical reports on specific diseases, using contemporary statistical methods and software, as assigned.
Coordinates interagency projects with project managers of the cooperating state and federal agencies. Advises agency staff, Commission, and industry leadership on emerging and re-emerging livestock disease issues, including recommendations regarding implementation of control and eradication methods.
Prepares routine status reports to inform TAHC, industry, and the Texas Legislature regarding risk analyses on specific diseases, as assigned.
Assists agency personnel in developing and achieving surveillance, herd management, educational, and diagnostic evaluation objectives.
Facilitates specific disease work groups charged with advising the Commission on the needs of industry regarding risk analysis issues.
Creates and delivers presentations on status of disease control and eradication programs to industry groups, practitioner associations, animal health organizations, and other agencies.
Consults with area personnel and herd owners to address problem herds.
Consults with Field Veterinarians and Region Directors regarding interpretation of standards and guidelines for classification of test results and disease management procedures in program herds.
Identifies and offers recommendations on areas of deficiencies in surveillance, diagnosis, control, eradication, or prevention activities.
Develops epidemiological expertise on emerging diseases, as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited college or university; Texas veterinary license, or eligibility for Texas license, required.
An advanced degree in epidemiology or other relevant field or Board certification recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is preferred
Experience in state or federal animal health programs or regulatory work is desired.
Other: Ability to be “on call;” travel extensively within Texas and occasionally outside Texas; and, to work occasional overtime and non-standard work hours. Travel by personal vehicle is reimbursed at the rate set by agency officials.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of basic research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophy of disease management; of statistical concepts, methods, and their application to research analysis; of measurement and evaluation; principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics related to infectious diseases. Strong skills in both oral and written communication required. Demonstrated experience and skills in project management. Skilled in use of personal computer software for various reporting and analysis responsibilities. Ability to operate in a team environment, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with agency staff, associates, and industries. Proficiency in the Spanish language is desired. Knowledge of the Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program is desired.
IMPORTANT:The TAHC is an emergency response agency. This position is subject to participate in rotating duty assignments away from its regular 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.
Other: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.
The Texas Animal Health Commission is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in employment or in the provision of services. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any requests for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the applicant to our Human Resources Department (512) 719-0700. For a telecommunications relay service for the hearing impaired, please dial 711. At time of hire, selected applicants must show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. will be confirmed using E-Verify. All males who are age 18 through 25 and required to register with the Selective Service must present proof of registration or exemption from registration upon hire.
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Additional Salary Information: (Salary Commensurate with Experience)
Internal Number: 00005182
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.