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Chief Veterinary Officer - Agriculture Victoria

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Agriculture Victoria sitting within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) is tasked with supporting a productive, globally competitive and sustainable Victorian economy for the agriculture, food and fibre sectors. It works with industry on research, development and extension to improve production; connectivity to international markets; create jobs; support development and maintain effective biosecurity controls.

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) provides strategic and scientific leadership, at the state and national level, on biosecurity and welfare programs to reduce the impact of exotic and notifiable diseases, adverse welfare outcomes and residues on the Victorian livestock sector, environment and community; and ensures that Victoria’s enviable international reputation around biosecurity is maintained and enhanced.

Ideal Person Specification

To meet the demands of this role, you will need to have demonstrated skills and experience in:

  • Strategic and scientific leadership that is risk focused on animal biosecurity and welfare programs.
  • Proven credentials in the areas of animal biosecurity, livestock/allied industries and animal welfare in the context of relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks.
  • Experience in managing biosecurity incidents and emergency response at state, national and international levels.
  • Excellent technical knowledge and operational experience in proactively managing complex matters relating to prevention, early detection and control of animal diseases and welfare standards.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the diagnosis, epidemiology and economics of endemic and exotic livestock diseases and their control.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to influence and negotiate within a complex and diverse stakeholder setting from grassroots through to the highest levels of government, industry and the media.
  • Experience in public administration and management at a senior level including the provision of strategic advice to the Secretary and Minister; and managing workloads and budgets
  • Grounded and pragmatic; exhibits gravitas and a high level of personal integrity.
  • Down to earth and calm under pressure for sustained periods of time in a high stakes environment when there is a high level of public scrutiny and economic impact involved.
  • Contemporary people leader – able to inspire and corral the team to align with key objectives and organisation mission.
  • Relevant qualifications that will enable you to be registered with the Victorian Veterinary Board.
  • An emphasis on population veterinary medicine is highly desirable.

Watermark Search International has been retained by DJPR to manage this appointment. For more information, please call Jen D’Arcy-Smith, Partner on +61 3 8629 1307 or send an application quoting Ref No 68703 to Watermark Search International. Email: search@watermarksearch.com.au. Closing date: Midnight AEST Tuesday 30 April 2019. 

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by Jennifer D'Arcy-Smith