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Recruitment #19-002837-0002




MDA Headquarters, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Main Purpose of Job

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.


Education: Possession of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from a college or university accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association or its equivalent.

Experience: Three years of general veterinary medicine experience, at least one year of which must have included field experience involving inspection, diagnosis or treatment of a variety of animal types.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in veterinary preventive medicine classification or veterinary preventive medicine specialty codes in the veterinary medical science field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required and experience and education.


A Type 1 or Type 2 USDA Accredited Veterinarian (must submit accreditation number).


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.



Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred, however paper applications will be accepted from candidates who may not have internet access.  All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)  

If you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).  Mailing Address: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office, Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401.


For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Hazel Day at 410-841-5840 or

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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