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Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 485443 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: VETERINARIAN MANAGER - SES - 42000945 1

Position Number: 42000945 

Salary:  $46,381.14 - $65,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 12/20/2021 





The headquarters for this position is located at the Mayo Building, 407 S. Calhoun Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399.


Dr. Joe Fisch, (850) 410-0901


Eligibility for licensure as a veterinarian by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida Statute 474 and three (3) years of professional experience as a veterinarian. 

A master's degree from an accredited college or university in public health or board certification in public health can substitute for one year of the required experience. 

Requires possession of a valid Class E driver license.

Preference will be given to those with experience in the care and husbandry of domestic animals.


To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


This position has regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provisions of Section 60L-36.003, Florida Administrative Code, and Chapter 112.313, Florida Statutes.

Incumbent must pass a pulmonary function test with medical evaluation, must undergo and pass regular respirator fit-testing, and must wear a respirator when required.  Will be subject to the requirements of the proper use of appropriate respirator.

Willingness to respond to emergency duty, whether call day or night.  This emergency duty may include natural disasters or animal disease outbreaks.  Willingness to be deployed from your assigned headquarters for extended periods of time (up to 30 days).

Incumbent must wear appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) when required.

Occasional travel required.


Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.


Responsible and accountable for managing budget/dollars/resources (staff, vehicles, computers, cell phones, etc.) of any assigned programs in an efficient and accountable manner.

Responsible for ensuring that assigned program areas have operational procedures and processes which result in accountability and compliance with division and department policies and procedures.

INTRODUCTION:  The primary duties and responsibilities of this position are to organize and direct the work-related activities of the Equine Programs team within the state, ensuring that each supervisee understands their duties and are properly trained for the delegated tasks.  The responsibilities are related to the division’s mission of safeguarding Florida’s agriculture and public through animal disease control and emergency response, with specific inspection programs and other duties related to prevention, control and eradication of transmissible and communicable diseases.  Additional duties include emergency preparedness, emergency management and related animal issues.  The incumbent is expected to demonstrate, model and reinforce the department’s fundamental values of professionalism, commitment, integrity, innovation and excellence in all interactions with coworkers and the public.

Incumbent is primarily responsible for conducting field investigations of unusual or serious naturally occurring disease outbreaks in horses.  This duty includes collecting epidemiological and demographical information, performing field necropsies, collecting specimens for laboratory examination and testing and making preliminary recommendations regarding the prevention, control and containment of disease conditions disclosed.  In cases where foreign animal diseases of horses are suspected, the incumbent will be immediately dispatched to investigate or assist in investigating the occurrence as a foreign animal disease investigation.

Coordinates the investigation and study of equine disease problems in the state.  This responsibility includes cooperative consultation with laboratory and field personnel, United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS), extension veterinarians and private equine veterinarian practitioners.

Retrieves database-stored equine disease data and reviews such data from an epidemiological perspective; compiles this information into comprehensive written or oral narratives for informational purposes for reporting significant diseases that may impact the general public and equine industries in the state.  Completed reports are given to the incumbent’s supervisor for review and dissemination to the State Veterinarian and other appropriate recipients as designated by the State Veterinarian.

Reviews current scientific literature for information regarding equine disease updates, learning new procedures and techniques to assist the bureau’s capabilities to diagnose and respond to outbreaks of significant equine diseases.  The incumbent will also maintain liaison with other regulatory agencies including the Department of Health and USDA/APHIS, USAHA, various horse industry associations, University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, cooperative extension veterinarians and equine specialists and private equine and general veterinary practitioners to ascertain trends in the incidence of various equine diseases that could severely impact the state’s equine industry.

Interacts closely with information specialists of the department, key equine industry leaders and other interested parties to keep them informed about current and proposed equine-related policies, procedures, rules and regulations relative to disease prevention, control and eradication efforts conducted by the department.  Attends equine industry meetings to discuss and give presentations about various program activities for which the incumbent is responsible.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Computer skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to provide guidance to the public in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Ability to conduct inspections in natural and cultivated areas with uneven ground
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.


  • State of Florida Retirement Package
  • 10 Paid Holidays annually
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Insurance – State covers the majority of health insurance premiums for individual and family coverage
  • Life Insurance
  • Additional supplemental insurances are available such as dental, vision, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts are available
  • Tax Deferred Savings Program available through payroll deduction


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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee