State Veterinarian (Hybrid)

Recruitment #240430-8110FP-001


Are you an experienced, licensed veterinarian, looking for a new challenge?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut Department of Agriculture (DoAg) is hiring for a State Veterinarian within the Bureau of Regulatory Services.


  • Competitive starting salary.
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • A culture that encourages work/life balance.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • The State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer. You may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
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  • Monday - Friday.
  • Full Time, 40 hours per week.
  • First Shift.
  • Location: Hartford.
  • Hybrid telework schedules available (combination of in office and remote work).


    The State Veterinarian directs the overall responsibility of the Animal Health and Livestock Division, performing administrative, supervisory, financial, technical, and professional duties relative to functions of the Department of Agriculture. This individual educates the public on the prevention, control, and eradication of contagious and infectious diseases, and the regulation of livestock programs within the state. In addition, the State Veterinarian will lead and supervise a team of inspectors and other administrative support staff who will be responsible for:

    Administrative Duties: Reviewing rabies exemptions, import paperwork, Certificate of Veterinarian Inspections (CVIs), and other documents for animals in the state.

    Animal Health Unit Oversight/Administration: Directing the daily operations performing administrative, supervisory, technical, and professional duties.

    Animal Health Program Management: Executing the mission of the department regarding the prevention, control, and eradication of contagious and infectious diseases, and the regulation of livestock programs within the state.

    Field Operations: Performing animal health field duties throughout the state.


    The mission of the Department of Agriculture is to foster a healthy economic, environmental and social climate for agriculture by developing, promoting, and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and promoting an understanding among the state's citizens of the diversity of Connecticut agriculture, its cultural heritage and its contribution to the state's economy.

    The Bureau of Regulatory Services enforces certain food safety laws and regulations relating to milk safety, produce safety, small poultry establishments, animal feed including pet food/pet treat manufacturing. The Bureau is responsible for regulating the growing of hemp and registering seed, fertilizer, soil amendment and liming materials. In the domestic animal realm, the Bureau enforces laws and regulations pertaining to animal control, animal population control, importation, and animal health issues. The Bureau plays a critical role in the prevention and control of rabies and other zoonotic diseases in domestic animals. The Bureau also leads the Department’s emergency planning and response activities relative to animal and poultry diseases and natural disasters.

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    Selection Plan


    • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
    • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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    In the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Regulation and Inspection this class is accountable for acting as the state's chief livestock health official and epidemiologist for the prevention and control of animal and poultry diseases.


    • Formulates and recommends animal disease control policies, standards and regulations in conjunction with appropriate federal and state regulations; 
    • Makes decisions on and issues official statewide orders to prevent and control animal disease outbreaks including rabies; 
    • Administers and guides development and management of department's disease control and eradication programs; 
    • Coordinates state and federal agencies and livestock and poultry producers with regard to disease control programs; 
    • Oversees animal import and export regulations and disease testing requirements; 
    • Cooperates with livestock and poultry producers and related organizations interested in control and eradication of animal diseases; 
    • Acts as primary contact person with other operating units, state agencies and outside officials regarding policies and procedures related to cruelty to animals; 
    • Supervises quarantine and disposal of diseased and condemned animals and poultry; 
    • Provides technical and medical field support as needed to municipal, state and federal officials; 
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Considerable knowledge of
      • principles and practices of veterinary medicine with particular reference to diagnosis and control of food animal and companion animal diseases; 
      • epidemiology of animal and poultry diseases; 
    • Knowledge of
      • food safety and public health with respect to prevention of animal and poultry diseases; 
      • recent developments in veterinary medicine; 
    • Considerable 
      • interpersonal skills; 
      • oral and written communication skills.


    Three (3) years of experience in large animal veterinary practice.


    • Experience with principles and practices of veterinary medicine, including diagnosis and control of food animal and companion animal diseases.
    • Experience in overseeing animal disease control and eradication programs.
    • Experience with developments in veterinary medicine.
    • Experience collaborating with stakeholders on updating policies and procedures.
    • Experience with supervising and training personnel.
    • Experience with public communication.


    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Connecticut.
    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain federal accreditation through the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) within the first six (6) months of employment.
    • Incumbents in this class will be required to obtain federal certification through USDA, APHIS to conduct cervical and comparative cervical tuberculosis tests.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


    Incumbents in this class may be exposed to disease carrying substances and to the risk of injury from animals.


    The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


    As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.