Deputy Administrator (Veterinarian Medical Officer/Bureau Chief) - #19543842

State of Idaho

Date: Apr 6, 2021
City: Boise, ID
Contract type: Full time
State of Idaho

"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through promotion, education and regulation." 

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Veterinarian Medical Officer, Bureau Chief in the Animal Industries Division. 

This position qualifies for the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) which may allow a successful candidate to receive up to $75,000 in qualified student loan repayment. More information can be found

The Veterinarian Medical Officer, Bureau Chief (Deputy Administrator) position is responsible for the development, evaluation and improvement of programs and operational activities designed to prevent or eliminate threats to Idaho agriculture from emerging or newly introduced diseases of domestic or wildlife animals.  The Animal Health Bureau is responsible for statewide disease traceability, surveillance, epidemiology, outreach and enforcement related to livestock and domestic animal laws and rules as well as advisory of statewide rangeland management issues.  

  • Establishes, implements, and monitors bureau goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.

  • Manages a diverse professional staff by directing staff on organizational goals; provides coaching and development to bureau employees and evaluates performance of direct reports.

  • Assists in development of bureau budget and approves expenditures.

  • Establishes strategic direction for bureau programs, including recognizing future policy requirements, potential legislative change and the impact on the organization and Idaho animal health.

  • Provides animal health consultation to department personnel, the public, varied interest groups and other state and federal agencies regarding animal disease and health matters, program requirements, laws and regulations.

  • Promote Idaho's emergency response and preparedness capabilities to enhance responses to animal emergency events through collaboration with livestock industries.

  • Represents the department in meetings with various state, regional and national regulatory groups, agricultural commissions, marketing associations and commodity groups.

  • Responsible for making recommendations to the department and determining advisability of legal actions and recommendations in relation to programs managed.

  • Provides direction, guidance, and training to veterinary medical officers, livestock investigators and support staff in animal health emergency management procedures, and animal health programs.

  • Drafts and proposes program changes in laws and regulations for review by Administrator and Legal. Provide testimony at legislative committees, then delegate memorandums-of-understanding and agreements related to programs managed.

  • Serves as the VMO/Deputy Administrator for the Division of Animal Industries as needed.

  • A cell phone with an Idaho area code, furnished by the employee, is required for this position and is eligible for reimbursement under the Cell Phone Reimbursement policy.

These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

  • Idaho Veterinary Medical License (current or eligible). Contact the Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine for licensure information at 208-488-7530 or email  

  • Level II Management Knowledge.

Desirable Area: These qualifications are not required; however, if you have the related background it may increase your score.

  • Background in large animal medicine, epidemiology and livestock production.

  • Background in and comfort with livestock field necropsy or post-mortem examinations.

  • Good knowledge and understanding of the rangeland management communities.

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced. 

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check.  Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture! 

If you have questions,

 please contact us at: or at (208) 332-8520


Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements or for the recruiting process, please contact ISDA's HR Department at jobs@isda.idaho.govor at (208) 332-8520.

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