The Veterinarian is responsible for the health and well-being of Butterball's turkey flocks to produce eggs, poults, and wholesome products efficiently and safely by conducting all necessary veterinary procedures.
- Manage the North Carolina Southern Division commercial turkey, Raeford Breeder and Raeford Hatchery live operations veterinarian region for Butterball.
- Perform all necessary veterinary care and procedures for turkeys grown in the assigned live operation region to insure their care, health and well-being.
- Provide and document surveillance, clinical diagnostics and treatment regimens for flocks.
- Provide oversight to ensure standard operating procedures for animal care and well-being are met.
- Act as a primary liaison with industry colleagues, customers, and regulatory agencies as needed.
- Provide guidance to Butterball live operations and processing associates to ensure efficient production of healthy birds for processing.
- Promote and support the Butterball Animal Care and Well-Being and Biosecurity programs by providing training, conducting internal audits, and coordinating third-party audits for program effectiveness and results.
- Research and analyze health challenges to develop and implement vaccination programs and intervention strategies.
- Generate grower and associate communications to share health trends and research conclusions.
- Analyze long term disease trends and provide recommendations for continuous improvement across the enterprise.
- Coordinate surveillance programs and work with internal and external diagnostic laboratories.
- Provide veterinary diagnostics for Satellite Lab.
- Interact with processing plant management and USDA to address health and food safety related plant issues
- Timely approval of prescriptions.
- Oversee antibiotic use and ensure treatment plans are documented, communicated and followed.
- Assist in research projects and other duties as assigned.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrates knowledge of and compliance with the Animal Care and Well-Being and Biosecurity Policies and all associated procedures and protocols
- Advanced poultry health management skills
- Conducts all activity in compliance with appropriate veterinary practices
- Eligible for veterinary licensure and accreditation in North Carolina
- Excellent animal handling skills
- Strong time management, communication and interpersonal skills
- Microsoft Office suite; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
- Good organizational skills
- Ability to travel up to 50% in state
- Ability to travel up to 10% out of state
- Occasional night and weekend work
Education and Experience:
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) required
- Additional poultry training or experience preferred
- Residency or Masters in poultry preferred
- North Carolina Veterinary Medical License eligible required
- Driver's license, lift up to 50 pounds, can work in wet, cold, hot, dusty environments with appropriate PPE
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