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Veterinarian II - DBPR/Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering *OPEN COMPETITIVE*

Date: Dec 21, 2018

Location: HALLANDALE, FL, US, 33009

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Requisition No: 48644 

Agency: Business and Professional Regulations

Working Title: Veterinarian II - DBPR/Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering *OPEN COMPETITIVE*

Position Number: 79000703 

Salary:  $1,574.93 - $2,692.30 biweekly 

Posting Closing Date: 01/17/2019 

Position Number: 79000703
Hiring Salary: $1,574.93 - $2,692.30 biweekly  


Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must be licensed as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in good standing by the State of Florida.
  • Three (3) years of experience in veterinary medicine related to equine practice in the horse racing industry; OR Two (2) years of experience as an Official (State) Veterinarian or Racing Veterinarian selected or approved by a State racing board, division, or commission. OR have experience in the horse racing industry of a character and for a length of time sufficient, as determined by the agency, to qualify the individual as having experience substantially equivalent to the experience described herein above.
  • A valid Florida driver’s license. 

***Information contained in responses to Qualifying Questions concerning education, experience, knowledge, skills and/or abilities must also be disclosed on the State of Florida Employment Application.***  

The incumbent is an unconditional advocate for the health, safety and welfare of horses at sites under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. This position performs an indispensable function in ensuring that the quality and integrity of racing in Florida is safeguarded. Position involves exercising professional discretion, analytical skill, judgment, personal accountability, and responsibility addressing a variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations in conformance with established criteria. Consistent with provisions of Chapter 550 Florida Statutes and applicable Florida Administrative Code, the incumbent performs equine veterinary regulatory duties at Southern Region equine pari-mutuel facilities to protect the integrity of horse racing, guard health of horses & safeguard the interest of public and racing participants through control of substances foreign to natural horses. This position ensures sound leadership over all veterinary functions of the Division by enforcing current DPMW veterinary policies and procedures and by making constructive suggestions to improve the process efficacy and operating efficiency of state test barns.  

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Plans and organizes the “as-needed” scheduling of OPS veterinarians.
  • Meets and /or interacts daily with various regulatory agency and/or permit holder and industry representatives as needed.
  • Monitors test barn operations; trains and directs designated staff to secure urine samples, and to assist the Veterinarian in collecting equine specimens of blood, saliva, and other body fluids and elimination's.
  • Performs routine venipuncture of horses in the detention barns pursuant to Chapter 61D-6, Florida Administrative Code.
  • Oversees and implements procedures to ensure proper collection, handling and storage and security of samples prior to transporting to designated state laboratory for analysis.
  • Monitors all horses processed through PMW at assigned detention barn worksite in consideration of post-race soundness, health, safety and welfare.
  • Provides supervision of agency assigned test barn personnel as needed.
  • The collection of samples for drug testing purposes is accomplished under the direction of the incumbent.
  • This position also monitors general sanitation and safety of animals, insect control and inhumane acts against horses, including, but not limited to neglect in feeding, watering and care.
  • Compiles and accurately completes all relevant documents, correspondence and reports as required by agency management, policy and government regulations.
  • Compiles special reports related to regulatory aspects of the application and practice of equine veterinary medicine at assigned Southern Region equine facilities.
  • The incumbent may assist in the conducting of investigations in event of positive drug tests and equine injuries or fatalities.
  • The incumbent may administer and/or direct agency participation in the ARCI/Drug Testing Quality Assurance Program.
  • The incumbent may assist in development of policies and procedures for test barn operations to maintain security, to ensure proper identification and handling of specimens and completion of applicable administrative reports.
  • Serves as an expert professional observer, advisor and consultant to the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and stewards on veterinary matters including all regulatory aspects of the application and practice of equine veterinary medicine at Southern Region equine pari-mutuel facilities.
  • The incumbent may represent the Division at meetings and hearings. Contacts are with other employees or officials in the same agency at the immediate worksite or related units or settings both inside and outside the immediate organization.
  • Completes other duties and responsibilities that may be reasonably assigned from time to time by the employer or its designated representative.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of applicable Florida Statutes, Rules and Regulations that govern horse racing
  • Knowledge of drug testing methods
  • Knowledge of veterinary medicine as it pertains to horses
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of supervision
  • Intermediate computer skills including word-processing, spreadsheets, routine database and e-mail.
  • Ability to supervise and direct others in the performance of required equine health care and specimen collection duties.
  • Ability to analyze veterinary practices accurately and apply the provisions of applicable Florida Statutes and Administrative Code, rules, and/or regulations to specific cases.
  • Ability to formulate judgments in a consistent and impartial manner.
  • Ability to participate in hearings and interviews effectively.
  • Ability to write and speak effectively.
  • Ability to understand and follow OSHA guidelines.
  • Ability to perform tasks independently, handle horses, give injections, draw body fluids, deal with officials, trainers, veterinarians, and horse owners.
  • Ability to administer the Florida Statutes, Rules and Regulations that govern horse racing in the State of Florida.


Applicant Note: If you are the selected candidate for this position and hold a current license through the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, you may be required to place your license in an inactive status.

NOTE: This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth in order to conduct this background check.

Applicants are required to apply through the People First system by the closing date, by applying online.  All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the advertisement.  If you have any questions regarding your application, you may call 1-877-562-7287.

The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation is committed

to increasing recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities and

improving employment outcomes. 

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DBPR Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 487-2074. DBPR requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website: .

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation values the sacrifices
veterans and their family members have given to our country and supports
the hiring of returning service members and military spouses. 

A candidate for veterans’ preference who believes he or she was not afforded employment preference may file a complaint in accordance with Rule 55A-7.016, F.A.C., with the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans’ Preference Coordinator, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Suite 311, Largo, FL, 33778, . The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has also established an email where people can electronically file claims or ask questions. The email is

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The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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