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Public Health Veterinarian

Recruitment #190729-UNCX-304


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. Our mission is to protect and promote health, to prevent disease and injury, and to cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can be healthy.

The OSDH is seeking a State Public Health Veterinarian for the surveillance, prevention and control of zoonotic diseases.  This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].  The annual salary for this position is up to $80,000.00 based on education and experience.

Position Summary
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. Our mission is to protect and promote health, to prevent disease and injury, and to cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can be healthy.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
• Serve as the subject matter expect on the epidemiology, and recommendations for prevention and control of zoonotic diseases.
• Investigate zoonotic diseases and conditions of public health importance, implement appropriate, science-based measures to control further spread.
• Provides veterinary medical and epidemiological consultation to healthcare professionals, laboratory personnel, veterinarians, state and local agencies and governmental entities, and the general public regarding zoonotic disease transmission, laboratory diagnosis, and public health recommendations.
• Collaborate with OSDH epidemiologists and other personnel to plan and implement surveillance and epidemiologic programs.
• Provide consultation and training to county health department communicable disease nurses, environmental specialists, and other local county health department personnel regarding infectious diseases.
• Conduct lectures to healthcare professionals, veterinarians, laboratory personnel, and members of the general public on topics pertaining to infectious diseases.
• Prepare technical reports and scientific articles for scientific journals, agency summaries, and other publications.
• Complete interviews of case-patients for infectious disease investigations, response to outbreaks, and other public health events.
• Perform basic descriptive analyses of public health data.
• Regularly review and analyze information from public health and scientific reports, epidemiologic studies, and projects to maintain knowledge and understanding of new surveillance methods, diagnostic tests, prophylaxis strategies, or treatment approaches related to zoonotic diseases.  Apply knowledge to address gaps in program, broaden collaborations with community partners, and integrate public health-supported services into existing programs when feasible
• Participate in multiple collaborative efforts at the local, state, and federal level and ensure effective working relations with other health and social service organizations, coalitions, agencies, boards, and governmental units to conduct research activities, public health investigations, and epidemiologic studies pertaining to zoonotic diseases.
• Provide technical assistance to bioterrorism and all-hazards emergency response planning efforts on animal disease agents (anthrax, plague, tularemia, etc.).
• Collaborate with local, state, and federal partners to formulate and interpret laws, rules, regulations, policies and recommendations for administration and enforcement of communicable and zoonotic disease intervention and control efforts.  Assist in agency review of proposed legislation related to communicable and zoonotic diseases.
• Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience
Requirements at this level consist of a doctorate degree of veterinary medicine (DVM); plus five years of experience in the diagnosis and management of animal diseases in a university, governmental, industrial, or private practice.  Must be currently licensed or eligible for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Oklahoma.  Experience in a public health field is preferred.  In addition to the above, special consideration will be given to applicants with a master of public health (MPH) or a master’s degree in preventive medicine.

Valued Knowledge, skills and abilities
Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of veterinary medicine, animal and human disease prevention and control methods.  Knowledge of diagnostic laboratory methods and interpretation, interpretation of statistical data, and epidemiologic methods.  Proficient in use of personal computers and software to accomplish word processing, presentations, and database development and entry.  Knowledge of state and federal animal disease control rules and regulations, methods and practices.  Ability to communicate effectively with diverse internal and external partners and stakeholders. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Office work, lab work, and extensive field work.
This position is set in an office environment.  While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach. 

Applicants must be willing to and able to fulfill all job-related travel duties associated with this position to include the following:
• In-state and out-of-state travel to conduct public health investigations, attend conferences and meetings, and conduct lectures for internal and external partners; and
• Willing to travel in-state on short notice to investigate urgent public health events.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


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