The New Jersey Department of Health, Communicable Disease Service has an opportunity for a veterinarian with the necessary education, training, and experience to be the New Jersey Deputy State Public Health Veterinarian.
The selected applicant shall supervise The Office of Veterinary Public Health (VPH). This Office provides technical assistance and training to municipal governments, local health departments and animal facility operators with regard to animal facility inspections, investigations, complaints, violation enforcement and court testimony. VPH approves Animal Control Officer training courses, certifies individuals who have satisfactorily completed the approved training courses and revokes certificates from individuals who commit acts of curelty or other malfesence and can no longer work in the capacity of an animal control officer. This unit operates a low-cost spay and neuter program, processes dog licensing revenue, and the State-sponsored rabies vaccination clinic program.
The applicant shall assist the State Public Health Veterinarian with management duties of the Zoonotic Unit and man the Unit when the State Public Health Veterinarian.
The applicant shall mobilize when the State Incident Command System activates Emergency Support Function 8 (Public Health and Medical Services), Once mobilized, VPH will assist with temporary housing of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals owned by people who have been evacuated and are displaced from their homes. VPH assists with animal evacuation response groups to establish temporary animal shelters during emergencies and works closely with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to ensure for the safety of evacuated pets and maintain sanitation in temporary animal shelters to prevent disease transmission.
The applicant will assist the Zoonotic Epidemiologist as assigned by State Public Health Veterinarian with surveillance of, and the response to, zoonotic disease reports and outbreaks. If assigned, the applicant shall report findings and collaborate with internal and external partners, complete reports on the incident and prepare reports, posters or presentation for publication on zoonotic disease topics.
The applicant shall assist the Zoonotic Epidemiologist with notifications from New Jersey laboratories regarding isolates of suspected zoonotic select agents, such as brucellosis, burkholderia, and tularemia. The applicant shall follow the testing of select agents and intiate investigations to identify person exposed and recommendations for prophylaxis, monitoring and surveillance.
Internal Number: 653664
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