State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $68,901.00-$110,635.00 Yearly




This is highly responsible professional work in the field of veterinary medicine at the supervisory, administrative, and consultative level. An employee in the class is responsible for planning, implementing, directing, promoting, coordinating and evaluating both the administrative and technical phases of the Animal Health Section in the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The employee also provides supervision to the administrative and clerical employees of the section. The Chief, Animal Health is responsible for the administration and enforcement of all laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to Animal Health and serves as the Department expert on these matters. As the Section Chief, the employee has frequent contact with the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the Department; officials of the United State Department of Agriculture; members of the State Legislature; local and state public officials; representatives of other state agencies and of private industry organizations; and the general public for the purpose of explaining the Department’s Animal Health program and gaining cooperation and assistance in carrying it out. The nature of many of these contacts requires of the employee considerable tact and diplomacy as well as independent judgment in explaining the goals of the Department’s programs and persuading persons of their eventual benefit.

An employee in this class works under the administrative direction of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture or other designated official and confers with the Secretary on matters of policy and program objectives.

Work effectiveness is determined through conferences and evaluation of program results. The employee supervises a staff of professional Veterinarians and other administrative and technical personnel


Directs and coordinates the work of the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Section;

Administers laws and regulations pertaining to animal health;

Coordinates activities of the Section with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, state agencies agricultural advisory groups, practicing veterinarians and other private citizens;

Prepares and recommends new rules and regulations concerning animal health to the Secretary of Agriculture;

Reviews fiscal needs of the Animal Health Section and directs the preparation of the Section’s budget;

May testify before the State Legislature on matters pertaining to the Section’s activities;

Develops programs to combat specific outbreaks of animal disease;

Attends meetings and conferences for planning or corrective work in the field of animal health;

Assists in the preparation and approves departmental training materials, programs, and technical releases regarding activities of the Animal Health Section;

Performs other necessary duties as required.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


Class descriptions broadly define groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Revised

Jul 1 1979 12:00AM

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 002833; EST: ; REV: 7/1/1979;

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