This position is lead for field, regulatory, and emergency readiness and response Poultry Program duties, including oversight of the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) and management of the federal - state Cooperative Agreement for Notifiable Avian Influenza. As Field Veterinarian for the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland, the incumbent serves primarily to prevent introduction of infectious diseases among Maryland's agricultural poultry and livestock by enforcing animal health regulations, providing diagnostic and investigative service and by educating animal producers, exhibitors, and veterinarians on disease control. This position provides critical support to the Agency's mission of protecting animal and public health, promoting agriculture, ensuring consumer confidence, and protecting the environment.
Serves as advisor to the Chief Animal Health for matters pertaining to poultry health and regulatory programs in the State, particularly in regard to Avian Influenza. Leads and coordinates all MDA field and monetary assets in support of poultry health programs. Represents the Agency to parties inside and outside of Maryland. Manages federal cooperative agreements concerning poultry health as assigned.
Responsible for conduct of all Animal Health regulatory, emergency, and other service operations for the Delmarva region of Maryland and Southern Maryland. Supervises field staff, provides justifications for budgets and other assigned resources. Provides oversight for Swine program regarding implementation of federal and state regulations, importation and diseases management. Conducts animal health operations in the region across the spectrum from routine to emergency. Represents the Agency to local. other Maryland and out of state agencies in matters pertaining to poultry and animal health. Manages poultry related cooperative agreements or other statewide programs pertaining to poultry health.
If Contract or Federal Poultry Specialist/Pathologist is not available, performs as Acting Laboratory Director, responsible as backup to the Salisbury Laboratory Director for the delivery of full service poultry diagnostics in the primary poultry laboratory in the agency system and tri-state regional delivery of partial service livestock and other animal health diagnostic services.
Internal Number: Recruitment #19-002837-00
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State of Maryland Department of Agriculture, Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory