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We at the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) take our responsibilities to you very seriously and are committed to protecting and promoting Georgia's agriculture through superior service and leadership.  The mission of the GDA is to protect consumers, promote agriculture, both locally and globally, and assist our customers using education, technology and a professional workforce. The vision of the GDA is to continue to be a globally recognized leader in agricultural excellence through a commitment to safety, quality, growth and innovation.


Under supervision of the GMIS Veterinary Supervisor, provides Veterinarian Services to the Meat Inspection Program for specific assigned Districts according to USDA and State rules and regulations, policies, directives, notices, and memoranda.

  • Ensures only wholesome meat from humanely slaughtered, healthy food animals, safe from harmful. chemicals and drug residues enter the human food chain. 
  • Performs final dispositions on all animals with abnormalities. Collects pathology samples according to established. policies, as deemed necessary.
  • Personally, conducts humane handling verifications while observing the slaughter process. 
  • Conducts quality assurance and training of meat inspection personnel in the proper performance of humane handling verifications, ante-mortem inspections, postmortem inspections, and sanitation verifications during the slaughter of meat animals.
  • Reports quality assurance observations to Meat Inspection Supervisors and the GMIS Veterinary Supervisor.
  • Provides professional oversight of the sampling and testing program of carcasses and finished products for microbiological and chemical hazards.
  • Coordinates with District Supervisors and Meat Compliance Officers when necessary.
  • Completes administrative duties in a timely manner, as assigned.

This position requires daily travel. May provide relief services in other Districts in the absence of that District’s assigned Veterinarian.

  • May train and assist with various tasks within GDA Animal Health.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.
  • The candidate for this position may be eligible to apply for certain Veterinary Loan Repayment programs.


The Veterinarian 2 will have a home headquarters and will need to live within their region of the state. 

Their primary counties are:

  • Appling
  • Baldwin
  • Barrow
  • Bleckley
  • Bulloch
  • Burke
  • Candler
  • Clarke
  • Columbia
  • Dodge
  • Effingham
  • Elbert
  • Emanuel
  • Evans
  • Franklin
  • Glascock
  • Greene
  • Hancock
  • Hart
  • Jackson
  • Jeff Davis
  • Jefferson
  • Jenkins
  • Johnson
  • Laurens
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • McDuffie
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Oconee
  • Oglethorpe
  • Putnam
  • Richmond
  • Screven
  • Taliaferro
  • Tattnall
  • Toombs
  • Treutlen
  • Twiggs
  • Walton
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wheeler
  • Wilkes
  • Wilkinson



  • Veterinarian 2 - Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine or equivalent from an accredited college or university and licensed by the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine and two years of experience at the lower-level Veterinarian 1 (HCP170) or position equivalent; OR certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) from the American Veterinary Medical Association and licensed by the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine and two years of experience at the lower-level Veterinarian 1 (HCP170) or position equivalent.



  • The selected candidate must successfully complete USDA Inspection Methods. USDA Public Health Veterinary (PHV) training; and USDA Enforcement, Investigative, Analysis Officer (EIAO) training at the first available opportunity after being hired.
  • Candidate must maintain a current license with the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine to continue employment in this position.
  • In addition to a current Georgia Veterinary License, the candidate must hold an active Category 2 Veterinary Accreditation status from APHIS/USDA.


NOTE: Documents that support the satisfactory completion of minimum qualifications for this position must be provided after selection. This includes official college transcripts, ECFVG certification, Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine license, etc. 



Preference will be given to applicants, who, in addition to meeting the Minimum Qualifications, possess knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  • Considerable knowledge of the USDA, FSIS Meat Inspection Program.
  • Comprehensive skills in the detection and identification of diseases/conditions during ante-mortem and postmortem inspection.
  • Extensive experience with public administration, and proficiency in oral and written communications;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.



NOTE: The Georgia Department of Agriculture conducts background checks on all final candidates.  Hiring of applicants is contingent upon satisfactory results of employment verification, background and criminal records investigations and motor vehicle reports.




HOW TO APPLY:  Resumes may be submitted by adding to your profile in Team Georgia Careers.






The GDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Due to the large volume of submissions received by this office, information concerning application and/or interview status cannot be provided.  Selected applicants will be contacted for next steps in the interview process.  Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification. 


If you need an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Office at (404) 656-3615.



** The position will be closed once a suitable candidate is identified *



Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine or equivalent from an accredited college or university AND licensed by the Georgia Board of Veterinary Medicine AND Two years of experience at the lower level Veterinarian 1 (HCP170) or position equivalent OR certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) from the American Veterinary Medical Association AND licensed by the Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine AND Two years of experience at the lower level Veterinarian 1 (HCP170) or position equivalent.

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