Aquatic veterinary officer jobs at the federal Department of Agriculture.

This is the extra blurb from the recruiter regarding the job advertised –

"Note that the description doesn’t give a lot of detail as there are several positions available across different areas (aquatics & terrestrial). Roles are varied. Animal Health Policy is largely domestic focus, national strategy (AQUAPLAN), surveillance and reporting, emergency response. Animal Biosecurity (current role) has more international focus, risk assessments of aquatic animal imports (live and commodities), plus support for export of live aquatic animals. This area is also merged with the marine pest team so there may be some involvement with ballast water management and biofouling. Also, some international travel opportunities for overseas Competent Authority assessments and support exists for learning and development. Canberra isn’t a bad place to work and live, lots of professional families end up here. Good work-life balance etc."

See advert below:

Ongoing Veterinary Officer positions at the Australian Government Department of Agriculture

Salary range AU$92,404 – 109,584 plus superannuation

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture is seeking veterinarians for its central office.

The vacancies will be notified in the Australian Public Service (APS) government gazette at under ‘gazette downloads’. To apply go to the jobs section of the Department of Agriculture website:

The work of central office vets varies between branches. The positions are located in Canberra at the APS 6 (Veterinary Officer 2) level with a salary range of $92,404 – 109,584 plus superannuation. Conditions of employment will be as set out in the department’s enterprise agreement available on the department’s website at

Positions are available in these areas of the department:

· Animal Biosecurity Branch

· Animal Health Policy Branch

Animal Biosecurity Branch provides an international focus through science-based risk assessments and advice to protect Australia’s favourable pest and disease status. The branch also prepares scientific and technical submissions to maintain or open export markets for animals and animal products (terrestrial, aquatic and avian). The branch also provides policy and technical advice on marine pest biosecurity.

Animal Health Policy Branch contributes to the protection of the health of Australian animals and environment by working closely with government and industry stakeholders. The Branch mitigates the potential impacts of emergency animal diseases through strengthening national prevention, preparedness, detection and response capacities and capabilities including through working off- shore with our near neighbours. The Branch also provides scientific advice to underpin priority national animal health policy and programs in order to minimise the potential impact of disease on Australia’s animal, human and environmental health.

Suitably qualified vets are invited to submit a written application addressing the selection criteria, supported by a resume/CV.

Selection criteria:

Successful applicants will be required to be able to work as a member of a small team. The work will require a good understanding of animal pests and diseases affecting Australia’s import and export market access. Depending on the position, successful applicants will be expected to have:

· A sound understanding of Australian agricultural or aquatic industries and import and export supply chains

· A sound understanding of international trade rules and regulations

· A proven ability to maintain professional and constructive working relationships with staff from other government bodies, external agencies and industry

· A knowledge and experience of pests and infectious diseases of animals (including aquatic animals) and animal products

· The ability to research, analyse and prepare accurate, complex reports in a government context

· The ability to deliver projects against tight deadlines

· Well developed written and oral skills along with good liaison and negotiation skills

For some positions the following qualities are highly desirable:

· Experience in negotiating market access with international trading partners

· Practical experience in auditing or inspection of industry, government or laboratories

· Qualifications and experience in veterinary epidemiology.

The applicant must possess a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (or registrable equivalent) and must be currently registered or eligible for registration with a relevant Australian State or Territory Veterinary Board. Australian citizenship requirements apply to all Australian Public Service positions.

The department will consider meeting reasonable relocation expenses if required.

The contact officer at the department is Dr Carol Sheridan, ( Dr Sheridan is available to discuss the positions by email or telephone 02 6272 5160.

Applications for these positions should be made through the department’s website before the closing date. The department will provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants upon request.

The department is committed to the principles of workplace diversity and actively encourages applications from women, people with disabilities, people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

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Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics & Pathobiology), CertAqV, CMAVA, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA.
Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383
Skype: thefishvet

President WAVMA 2014

Adjunct Lecturer Murdoch University | Secretary Aquatic Animal Health Chapter – ANZCVS.

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