A salary that ranges from $8,817.00 - $10,994.00 per month. More than two weeks of paid vacation time within the first year of service, sick leave, and paid holidays.
A benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, a CalPERS pension, opportunities to create retirement savings through a 401(k) or 457 plan, and the opportunity to receive health insurance in retirement.
License and continuing education reimbursements, on-the-job training, and paid professional development days.
The ability to contribute to the success of a first-in-the-nation program and the opportunity to learn and collaborate with local, state, and federal leaders.
An office environment that supports a balanced lifestyle, a flexible hybrid telework schedule, and opportunities to participate in online meetings and video conferences.
DVM or equivalent
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: JC-343547
What is the position?
As a Veterinarian Specialist (General), you will work with university researchers and oversee studies of on-farm antibiotic use, animal husbandry, health outcomes, and/or resistant pathogens. You will serve as a key member of the surveys and studies unit within the Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) branch and act as a lead in one or more programs or functions. Due to the high-profile nature of AUS, you must establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, industry partners, researchers, and the public; accurately analyze situations; take effective actions based on sound analysis; make appropriate decisions and recommendations; work independently to complete assignments; work well under pressure; meet required deadlines; and have excellent verbal and writing skills.
Where will you work?
Although most of work will occur in an office environment or at home, you may on occasion work outdoors on farms and/or feedlots and be exposed to unpleasant odors associated with livestock animals.
Lead the planning, organization, and coordination of the activities of the State’s antimicrobial use and resistance monitoring program, with guidance from the branch chief and support of other program staff; evaluate research outcomes and study efforts; and advise management on the progress and results of various study-related activities.
Work with California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, industry stakeholders, and other federal and State agencies to develop and manage studies, projects, processes, and other activities focused on monitoring on-farm antimicrobial drug use and resistance in livestock animals.
Coordinate with CAHFS, AUS staff, and other program collaborators to validate and analyze data, including advising on and/or performing statistical analyses, as needed, to assess relationships among management practices, antimicrobial use, antimicrobial resistance, disease occurrence, and other risk factors
Conduct research and gather information on potential alternatives to antibiotic use and determine the value of existing research and studies, if available, to support the use of alternatives within California’s livestock production environment.
Assist branch staff with the preparation of reports, newsletters, presentations, agency correspondence, and management updates.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, industry partners, specialists, and university researchers; conduct presentations (both virtually and in person) and attend strategic planning meetings and conferences (in-state and nationally).
Coordinate activities related to antimicrobial drug use and best management practices of select industry participants representing all sectors of livestock production and all geographic areas in California.
Develop and manage processes and procedures for on-farm collection of information relevant to programmatic objectives, such as through formalized agreements with collaborators and confidential, voluntary sampling agreements with selected participants
Advise on sampling, diagnostic, and analytical methodologies and, as needed, collect biological samples related to study objectives, such as blood, feces, milk, feed and tissue samples, for diagnostic testing.
Research scientific literature related to antimicrobial use, resistance, and identify knowledge gaps and/or opportunities for further programmatic study; review professional journals to expand and maintain knowledge and expertise; and serve as a State resource for programmatic issues.
Review, apply, and enforce laws, regulations, and policies of the Department and of various local, State and Federal government agencies in all aspects of assigned duties.
What are the desirable qualifications?
Possession of a post D.V.M., Master's Degree in Preventative Veterinary Medicine, Public Health, Board Certification in a specialty area of veterinary medicine, or a Ph.D. in a related field: a valid driver license of the appropriate class issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. [Applicants who do not yet possess a valid California license but who are in the process of obtaining a license to practice Veterinary Medicine in California may be appointed but must secure the required license within 12 months of the date of appointment.]
Who are we?
The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) branch is leading the way to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial drugs. You will help us develop the nation’s first comprehensive, model antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance program. We are a statewide program intended to promote actions that will slow the development of resistant bacteria associated with livestock and poultry that have negative public and animal health impacts. We gather data and develop studies related to medically important antimicrobial sales and usage, livestock management practices, and trends in antibiotic resistance associated with farm animals and animal products. Additionally, we work with subject matter experts to develop antimicrobial stewardship tools and best animal management practices that mitigate the development of antimicrobial resistance while maintaining health outcomes.