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Farm Animal Welfare Program Veterinarian (Veterinarian 1-2(A)(B))

Date: Jan 25, 2019

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J2P8

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Apply By: 2/28/2019  




Farm Animal Welfare Program Veterinarian (Veterinarian 1-2(A)(B)), Permanent, HALIFAX  


Competition # 17852  



About Us


Nova Scotia Environment’s role is to protect the environment, human health and farm animal welfare through regulatory excellence, conservation, partnership and promotion. To achieve this, we strive to develop legislation, regulations and policies, process notifications, applications, and approvals for regulated activities based on sound scientific knowledge and expertise. 


Our goal is to educate, inspect and enforce to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations. We also proactively respond to environmental, conservation, farm animal welfare, and human health risks and work to develop programs and deliver services to enhance protection in these areas.


About Our Opportunity


As an expert in Farm Animal Welfare (FAW), you will provide specialized, professional, technical leadership and evaluation for farm animal welfare activities, standards, guides, protocol, legislation, and program advice under the mandated responsibilities in the NS Animal Protection Act.


As the FAW Program Vet you will also: 

  • Help to develop and design FAW programs and services across the province
  • assist in ensuring program changes reflect government, branch, and departmental priorities as well as adhere to any applicable legislation.
  • Develop and lead strategic and tactical input to strengthen program delivery and provide technical analysis and strategic advice/ recommendations on complex program and policy issues.
  • Assess programs to identify areas for improvement and analyze the impact of new or revised legislation, policies, procedures, and making recommendations to management.
  • Act in a liaison role with other authorities (federal, provincial, municipal, intradepartmental) in their area of expertise to ensure the alignment of FAW programs with regulatory commitments, and through collaboration with NS Department of Agriculture.
  • Create a collaborative work environment with industry stakeholders involved in farm animal welfare.
  • Prepare evidence-based analysis, reports and recommendations on issues relating broadly to farm animal welfare inspections, complaint related issues, and impact of federal initiatives on provincial programs to increase operational effectiveness and meet mandated outcomes.
  • Support the farm-to-fork concept, which includes farm animal welfare, meat slaughter, meat processing, and food protection.


About You


To be successful within this role, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is required as well as a current license to practice Veterinary Medicine in Nova Scotia (or eligible for license transfer to Nova Scotia).


Post-graduate studies and experience in animal welfare issues and/ or herd health management is an asset.


To ensure your success within this role you will also:

  • Have experience and/ or formal training in legislative enforcement activities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in application of provincial and federal legislation associated with FAW. 
  • Knowledge and application of policy and regulatory tools.
  • Excel at developing and maintaining effective working relationships with stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the farm animal industry and its practices in Nova Scotia, emerging issues of provincial animal welfare policy, trends and practices, and the state of these aspects in other jurisdictions.
  • Be skilled at managing multiple priorities and assess emerging issues.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, facilitation, collaboration and communication skills (interpersonal, oral, and written)
  • Have the proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of a team


Knowledge and application of principles, objectives, and procedures of governmental planning and program delivery methodology would be considered an asset.


Other Considerations


Please note, a valid drivers license is required for this position.



Pay Grade:  PR 14 - PR 19  


Salary Range:  $2,379.00 - $3,551.00 Bi-Weekly plus a temporary salary adjustment to the Veterinarian 2B of 15% bi-weekly (up to $519.62) *

* The temporary salary adjustment may be subject to change (up or down) or may be terminated at a future date.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU).


 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued.  


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates.


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.


We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  For questions or concerns, please contact


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