Veterinary Officer Field

  • Surveillance activity for animal diseases of national and state significance
  • Undertaking disease investigations and surveillance and control activities
  • Investigating residue detections and implementing control programs
  • Work within a supportive and positive team

The Opportunity.

This is an exciting opportunity for a registered veterinarian in a diversity of agricultural areas, to contribute to the national animal health program by delivering disease surveillance and animal health control programs for the livestock and intensive industries. DPIRD works collaboratively with private veterinarians, industry service providers and producers to generate disease knowledge than underpins the WA Livestock export markets and enables early detection of emergency diseases and a rapid response. You would be working as part of a team of experienced field and diagnostic veterinarians supporting the surveillance and control programs. An ability to investigate livestock diseases and work in a team to deliver programs in accordance with state and national policies and procedures is required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Building effective relationships with relevant staff members, farmers, private veterinarians, community and industry groups to actively promote biosecurity
  • Undertaking veterinary investigations to assist in the maintenance of the high biosecurity status of Western Australia’s livestock and aquatic industries
  • Responding to disease incursions and working closely with impacted producers and industry
  • Use scientific expertise to assist in biosecurity policy, planning and preparedness
  • Present information as required at conferences, seminars, workshops and field days

Please refer to the Job Description Form attached for full position details at each of the Special Calling levels (SCL 1/2/3).

 Location:

Positions are currently available and are based in Katanning, Narrogin, Broome and South Perth. A vehicle is provided for work related activity and subsidised accommodation may be available in some regions.

The Ideal Candidate.

We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated, recent graduates or experienced Veterinarians to join the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. You will be working in regional or central locations in Western Australia and will maintain up to date knowledge and awareness of relevant agriculture industry issues and trends. The successful candidates will have a genuine interest or experience in the livestock industries of Australia and an understanding of epidemiological principles and pathology of disease investigations, whilst providing input into strategic planning processes regarding animal health. Various levels of veterinary experience and knowledge are being sought.

For all essential criteria, please see the attached JDF.

Get ready to apply. It’s simple.

Applying is simple and straightforward. We are committed to developing our people and this presents a unique opportunity to be part of a project that will shape the future of DPIRD working with executive and leadership teams.

Click the Apply for Job button below and submit the following documentation:

  • A resume of no more than three (3) pages including details of two (2) referees
  • A cover letter of no more than two (2) pages in length demonstrating how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the following Essential Work Related Requirements:

Note – Please indicate the level(s) you are applying for in your cover letter. You can apply for, and be assessed for multiple levels and locations.

If you are applying for SCL1 please address the following work related requirements:

  • Basic knowledge and experience in production animal medicine, including exposure to investigation of disease at an individual and herd/flock level; clinical and necropsy examinations; preparing specimens to a diagnostic laboratory; and proposing plans for treatment and control.
  • Build effective relationships: Demonstrated verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to confidently liaise and collaborate with departmental staff, industry and the community and
  • Deliver in a changing environment: Ability to organise and prioritise work and complete tasks within deadlines and the capacity to develop and apply basic veterinary scientific techniques that assist in the generation of advice for animal biosecurity and welfare.

 If you are applying for SCL 2 please address the following work related requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience in production animal medicine, including how to investigate disease at an individual and herd/flock level; carry out clinical and necropsy examinations; select and submit appropriate specimens to a diagnostic laboratory; and propose plans for treatment and control.
  • Build effective relationships: Well-developed verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to confidently liaise, collaborate with and communicate scientific information to departmental staff, industry and the community.
  • Deliver in a changing environment: Well-developed project and time management and organisational skills including the ability to effectively contribute to the management of change and to develop and apply advanced veterinary science techniques to enable the generation of advice for animal biosecurity and welfare.

If you are applying for SCL 3 please address the following work related requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in production animal medicine, including the ability to investigate disease at an individual and herd/flock level; carry out clinical and necropsy examinations; select and submit appropriate specimens to a diagnostic laboratory; and formulate plans for treatment and control.
  • Build effective relationships: Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to confidently liaise, collaborate with and communicate scientific information to departmental staff, industry and the community.
  • Deliver in a changing environment: Strong project, time management and organisational skills including the ability to effectively contribute to the management of change and the ability to develop and apply complex veterinary science techniques to enable the generation of specialist input into animal biosecurity and welfare planning processes
  • Lead and empower others: Proven ability to lead teams and work collaboratively in a team environment contributing to the achievement of departmental level outcomes.

Applications will be assessed against these work related requirements of the position. The values and business needs of our Department may also be considered. It is therefore recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

 Our Commitment to Diversity.

DPIRD is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and is an equal opportunity employer. We value and strongly encourage people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply for positions within our agency.

Application Information.

For any specific enquiries please contact:

To discuss this role or for specific enquiries please contact Bruce Twentyman, Technical Area Manager, on (08) 9363 4127 (during business hours).

To be eligible for a permanent appointment to the Western Australian public sector you must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency status in Australia. To be eligible for a fixed term or a casual appointment you must have documentary evidence of your entitlement to live and work in Australia for the period of the contract and this is required as part of your application.

Subject to appointment, successful applicants will be required to:

  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy before commencing employment;
  • obtain and provide a current National Police Certificate (police clearance) before commencing employment;
  • provide a tertiary qualification in Veterinary Science (obtained from an Australian university or recognised equivalent) and current registration (or able to obtain prior to commencement); and
  • complete the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement.

These positions are located in Katanning, Narrogin, Perth Metro and Broome (other regional locations may be considered).

The pool will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months following finalisation of the process and may be used to fill permanent and fixed term, full time and part time opportunities that may arise in this period. Please note, being appointed to the pool does not guarantee you placement to a position.

Please note, any successful candidate, including current employees of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will be offered employment subject to the award and agreement conditions that apply to the advertised role as outlined in the attached JDF/s. By accepting an offer of appointment, the successful applicant accepts the conditions and entitlements under the specified award and agreement.

The recruitment process may include online written assessments, psychometric, cognitive or other testing- job related tasks, video or live stream interviews, documentation and reference checks or other assessment methodologies as required. Applicants will be advised of this where necessary.

Please ensure you have plenty of time to submit your application to allow for unanticipated problems, as late and proforma applications will not be accepted. (Please note: Online lodgement is system generated. Any submissions on or after 4:00pm will not be accepted)

CLOSING DATE: Thursday, 14 October at 4:00 PM WST

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