Record #: 3192

Veterinary Practice Information:

Heather Knox
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Practice Name:
NJ Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health
PHEAL, 3 Schwarzkopf Drive
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Job Description:

 TITLE: Veterinarian 1 or Veterinarian 2* ANNOUNCEMENT #: 39-22 ISSUE DATE: 9/12/2022 CLOSING DATE: 12/10/2022 LOCATION: Division of Animal Health, Ewing, NJ JOB DESCRIPTION Under the direction of the Director, Division of Animal Health, New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), performs tasks for investigating and developing grant opportunities for the Division’s programs; directs and conducts extensive epidemiology investigations of disease outbreaks; instructs private veterinary practitioners and disease control inspectors on the State’s livestock laws, rules, reports and regulations; coordinates and/or conducts ante- and/or post-mortem examinations of animals or poultry to determine health status; plans, directs and conducts the development and implementation of educational and outreach programs for stakeholders and citizens of the state; arranges, coordinates, and presents animal disease control topics to agricultural groups and stakeholders, conducts humane investigations; is responsible for issuing approval letters for the sale of conditionally licensed veterinary biological products in the state; oversees and coordinates disease control and surveillance programs; acts as liaison between the NJDA and various government, livestock, and animal health related groups; represents the NJDA at regular meetings with agricultural stakeholders and partners, represents Animal Health in the New Jersey One Health Initiative; may assist the NJDA in emergency planning; assists full-time veterinarians in their activities when needed and performs other office-related duties and assignments given by the Division Director. Candidate must have or be willing to obtain FADD (Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician) training and will be handling disease investigations. *This position will be filled at one of these levels based on qualifications of the candidate.  
Training Required:
 EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited College of Veterinary Medicine approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) with a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or completion of the training program administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) of the (AVMA), or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), or achievement of diplomat status in any (AVMA) specialty board. NOTE: Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a recognized evaluation service at your expense. Please submit a copy of the evaluation with each application that requires a college degree or credits. For additional information, please refer to the Civil Service Commission’s website at: LICENSE: Appointees must possess a passing grade, as determined by the test sponsor, on the National Board Exam and the Clinical Competency test or equivalent test, or passage of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), or achievement of diplomat status in any (AVMA) specialty board. The Appointing Authority is responsible for verification. Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position. AUTHORIZATION TO WORK: Selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States according to the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. Note: The State of New Jersey does not provide sponsorships for permanent residency to the United States or work visa.  
Experience Desired:
 Veterinarian 1 Education is only requirement. Veterinarian 2 Education require as stated above as well as three (3) years of experience in the field of animal disease control or laboratory diagnostic work.  
 SALARY RANGE: Veterinarian 1 - $72,836.90 - $103,620.41 Veterinarian 2 - $83,619.58 - $119,250.94 
 BENEFITS VACATION LEAVE State Plan: Pro-rated for the first year of employment (one day for each month of service). 1 to 5 years of service ....................12 days 6 to 12 years of service ...................15 days 13 to 20 years of service ..................20 days After 20 years of service...................25 days Department Plan: Twenty days per year. Pro-rated for the first year of employment (approximately 1½ days for each month of service). Classified employees are only eligible for the State Plan. Unclassified employees can choose either the State Plan or the Department Plan. Senior Executive Service (SES) – with underlying permanent status receive the State Plan. SES without underlying status may choose between the State or the Department Plan. SICK LEAVE One day per month sick leave is allowed for the first year of employment and 15 days per year thereafter. These days accumulate from year to year. Accumulated sick time assures continued income in case of illness or disability. Employees who are members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) are eligible for lump sum reimbursement at retirement on one-half of their unused sick leave days to a maximum of $15,000. ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE Three days administrative leave each year. New employees earn one-half day administrative leave for each full calendar month up to three days for the first year of employment. FAMILY LEAVE Leave from employment to provide care for the birth or adoption of a child, or the serious illness of a child, parent, spouse or the employee. Military Family Leave entitles certain relatives of members of armed forces to qualify for family leave. VOLUNTARY FURLOUGH PROGRAM Affords all full and part-time employees UNPAID leave time for personal use, excluding illness, disability, or to seek or engage in alternative employment, without adverse impact on accrual of leave time, anniversary date and seniority. HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays New Year's Day Memorial Day Martin Luther King's Birthday Independence Day President’s Day Labor Day Columbus Day Veteran's Day Election Day Thanksgiving Day Good Friday Christmas Day Juneteenth TAX$AVE Tax$ave consists of three separate components. The Premium Option Plan (POP) is administered by the State and allows payment of medical and/or dental premiums with before tax dollars. Two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s), administered by WageWorks, provide innovative ways to save tax dollars: The Unreimbursed Medical Spending Account (UMSA) allows an individual to save up to $2,500.00 of salary before taxes, each calendar year, on out-of-pocket medical and dental expenses. The Dependent Care Spending Account (DCSA) allows an individual to set aside up to $5,000.00 of salary before taxes, each calendar year, to pay for qualified dependent care expenses. See Pensions & Benefits Fact Sheet #44. Visit or call Toll Free 1-855-428-0446. STATE HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM Employees are required to contribute a certain percentage of their health benefit premiums. The percentage rate is determined based on the employee’s annual salary and the selected level of coverage. Additional information can be found on Coverage is effective approximately two months after hire date. PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN Please visit for more information. DENTAL PROGRAMS Full-time employees are eligible to participate in either: the Dental Expense Plan, which is a traditional indemnity plan that allows you to obtain services from any dentist or the Dental Plan Organization which are individual prepaid plans offering services through a network of dental providers. Coverage is effective approximately two months after hire date. VISION CARE Full-time employees and dependents are eligible for reimbursement for one pair of lenses and one eye examination for each family member every two year period ($40.00 single lens - $45.00 bifocals - up to $35.00 for eye examinations). This also includes contact lenses. (Please note that these amounts are subject to change based on current applicable Union contracts.) SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE All employees have social security coverage. Permanent employees (and some temporary employees) have both a State Retirement plan and social security coverage. COMMUTER TAX$AVE PROGRAM Allows eligible employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for mass transportation (train, bus and van pool) used to commute to and from work, and for parking at work or at mass transit stations. To enroll visit or call toll free 1-888-618-2435. See Pensions & Benefits Fact Sheet #67. NJ BEST A College Savings Plan Managed by Franklin Templeton Investments. For brochures and information call toll free 1-877-465-2378 or visit NJ STATE EMPLOYEES DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN Is administered by Prudential Financial and offers a variety of investment options for a more secure retirement. Employees may defer between 1% and 100% of annual salary to a maximum of $18,000.00 ($24,000 for individuals age 50 and older). Call toll free at 1-866-657-3327or go to the website: See Pensions & Benefits Fact Sheet #32. RETIREMENT PLAN PERS – The Public Employee’s Retirement System is a Reserve system with employer and employee contributions. The employee pension contribution rate will increase effective October 2011. Additional increases are to be phased in over the next 7 years will bring the total pension contribution rate to 7.5% of salary as of July 1, 2018. For more information, visit DCRP – A Defined Contribution Retirement Program for Employees enrolled in PERS on or after July 1, 2007, who earn salary in excess of established “maximum compensation” limits. Maximum compensation is based on annual maximum wage for Social Security (2011 is $106,800). See Pensions & Benefits Fact Sheet #79. For more information, visit: GROUP LIFE INSURANCE Members of the Public Employee's Retirement System are covered by life insurance equal to one and one-half times their annual salary. Additional life insurance coverage (which is mandatory for first year) equal to one and one-half times employee's annual salary is available at the group rate of 55/100% of 1% of gross bi-weekly salary. While employed, a PERS member enrolled in the DCRP (Defined Contribution Retirement Program) is covered by employer-paid life insurance, payable to their designated beneficiaries in the amount of one and one-half times the annual base salary on which DCRP contributions were based. See Pensions & Benefits Fact Sheet #79 for details and additional information regarding Long-Term Disability coverage. WORKER’S COMPENSATION An employee who is disabled due to a work-related injury or illness shall be granted a worker’s compensation for a leave of absence upon meeting eligibility with the Division of Risk Management (DRM). Any accident resulting in injury, for which the employee seeks compensation, must occur on the work premises and during normal work hours or approved overtime. UNEMPLOYMENT / TEMPORARY DISABILITY AND FAMILY LEAVE INSURANCE Most state employees are protected. For Unemployment information, visit For TDI information, visit PAY STUB ON WEB Enables employees who have Direct Deposit paychecks to view the paychecks stub information on-line via a safe & secure web application. Enrollment is mandatory. For more information contact the Human Resources Office. TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES Employees may receive training and also have opportunities to attend special courses or institutions of higher education. Tuition and other fees may be paid by the State if certain conditions are satisfied. 

Species Percentages:

Beef:  10 Dairy:  10  Swine:  10  Small Ruminants:  10 
Equine:  20  Poultry:  20  Exotics:  10  Small Animals:  10 


Facilities provided by the veterinary practice:
 Work and Lab Space available. Computer/Labtop, cell phone, etc. issued State vehicle issued. 
Other Personnel :  Office consists of other Veterinarians, Lab Staff, Animal Health Technicians, as well as office support staff. 
Practice strengths and emphasis of the business:
 The Division of Animal Health maintains disease control programs to protect the health and well-being of livestock in New Jersey. The Division tracks information about emerging diseases around the world that may impact the Garden State, conducts epidemiological investigations of livestock diseases, operates an animal health diagnostic laboratory, manages two contagious equine metritis quarantine facilities for imported horses and supports an aggressive livestock welfare program. In addition, the Division is also involved with animal emergency preparedness and response, especially during disasters that affect the health, safety and welfare of animals and their owners. 
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Date job was submitted:    9/14/2022 

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