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Recruitment #23-001910-0001


The Maryland Department of Agriculture is a department under Maryland's Executive Branch.  Formed in 1972 by the Maryland General Assembly to address the agriculture needs for the State of Maryland, the Department oversees and serves as a regulatory body for animal health, consumer services to include marketing and lab services, plant and pest management and resource conservation.  As the number one industry in Maryland, the diversity of agriculture programs in the State continue to expand and grow.


The MDA Animal Health Program prevents and controls infectious and contagious diseases in Maryland livestock and poultry with particular emphasis on those diseases that threaten public health, endanger food supplies, or threaten the economic security of the animal industries.  Come join our team and make a difference in preventing infectious and contagious diseases to Maryland livestock!




Frederick Animal Health Lab (FAHL)

180 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, Maryland 21702

Main Purpose of Job

This position is a part-time position where the focus is to provide necropsy service support for the Frederick Animal Health Lab (FAHL).  This position provides additional necropsy coverage as well a leave coverage for the primary pathologist at FAHL.  There will be some possibility of field work if the workload at FAHL allows.  The Veterinarian III serves to prevent introduction of infectious diseases among Maryland’s agricultural poultry and livestock by enforcing animal health regulations, providing diagnostic and investigative services 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.


Provides animal diagnostic services and guidance to the public, private veterinarians, state and federal animal health officials, and the Secretary of Agriculture as appropriate based on findings.  Collects history (signs, age, breed, size of herd, percentage of animals affected or dead, previous treatments, vaccinations); performs gross necropsy on all species (postmortem exam); records pathological lesions (abnormalities observed); selects and collects appropriate tissues for testing; interprets results; reads (microscopic) slides.

Consults with other MDA veterinary pathologists as necessary to confirm diagnosis.  Prepares and provides reports of diagnosis or health status of herd, or findings to referring veterinarians, field personnel, submitters of animals or specimens to the laboratory, and/or other animal health officials as appropriate.

May represents the Agency and coordinates efforts with other laboratories such as Lasher Laboratory, the Delmarva Chicken Association, Inc., individual producers, private and company veterinarians, USDA, animal control and local health department officials.

Responsible for conduct of all Animal Health regulatory, emergency, and other service operations for the State of Maryland. Conducts animal health operations n the state across the spectrum from routine to emergency.  Represent the Agency to local, other Maryland and out of state agencies in matters pertaining to animal health.

Enforces animal health regulations, laws and policies in assigned area by issuing Hold Orders or other animal health requirements within legal authority.  Provides management or oversight for poultry and livestock surveillance programs in assigned area, to include avian influenza, infectious laryngotracheitis, scrapie, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, equine neurologic herpes, Johne’s disease, numerous foreign animal diseases, zoonotic and diseases with bioterrorism potential.

Manages and delivers collaborative training for self, veterinary extern, pre-veterinary, internal staff and assigned volunteers.  Provides relief/back up and management and assistance in the oversight of other Livestock and Equine surveillance programs, disease outbreaks, and laboratory operations. 

Responsible for MDA emergency readiness and response in assigned area.  Participates in regional animal health emergency planning efforts.  Executes Agency emergency response plans to animal disease outbreaks or other emergencies as assigned to include avian influenza and foreign animal disease of livestock and poultry as well as broad categories of animals in emergencies such as rescue operations as directed in Emergency State Function (ESF) plans. 

Serves as incident commander for emergency events as directed.  Supervises assigned emergency augmentation staff during emergency operations.  May serve as Duty Veterinarian at Annapolis Headquarters as assigned.

Represents the Agency and the State Veterinarian within the region and from time to time outside the region and state.  May coordinate efforts with other organization such as the Delmarva Chicken Association, Inc., USDA, various Secure Food Supply Programs, animal control and local health department officials.

May involve work outside usual business hours and scheduled on call status, sets consistent office hours.  Emails/calls supervisor and FAHL front office if change in expected work schedule.


Education:    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 experience in gross and microscopic pathology in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctor of Philosophy degree or Doctor of Science degree in Veterinary Pathology for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Pathology for two years of the required experience.

3. 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 education and experience.  


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which 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.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added.  Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. 


Bargaining Unit: N/A



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: Maryland Department of Agriculture, Human Resource Office - Room 304, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD  21401. All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.) Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.

If you are submitting additional information, such as diplomas or 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).

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Stacey Summers 410-841-5842 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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