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Contract Associate Veterinarian

Bull Housing
19046 Requisition #
About the Company

URUS was established to meet the needs of dairy and beef cattle producers around the globe today and far into the future. As a holding company with cooperative and private ownership, URUS connects well-established agricultural organizations – AgSource, Alta Genetics, GENEX, Jetstream Genetics, PEAK/GENESIS, SCCL and VAS. Each of these organizations has its own unique identity, products and services.

These companies provide cutting-edge genetics to accelerate genetic progress, customized reproductive service to maximize conceptions, dairy management information to take producers to the frontline of smart dairy farming, and an array of products and services to help the cow achieve her genetic potential. Put simply, these companies focus on the cow and her caretaker.

The Opportunity  

We are looking for a Veterinarian to join our team on a Contract basis! As a Contract Veterinarian at URUS, you will be responsible for the health and biosecurity of bovine AI animals that URUS presently houses in its facilities in Alberta, Canada. 

The role assures that URUS’s production systems in Canada and the products produced fit with national and international regulations monitored and dictated by CFIA and required by the Canadian AI program for cattle. 

The role continuously measures, monitors and manages performance in the area of biosecurity, bull health & care and thereby facilitates and maximizes life-time productions and sales on URUS’s AI bulls.

The role leads and will receive assistance from dedicated health specialists & health coordinators to assure further development in the area bull health and care. The role is integral part of URUS’s global production department, a member of URUS’s global production team, and the role reports to URUS’s head veterinarian who works out of URUS locations in the USA. 

Primary Responsibilities
-A   -      Assist in providing leadership for the URUS animal health and livestock production management programs
- Protect the health and well-being of URUS animals by providing veterinary services and oversight into animal management protocols
- Facilitate the export of URUS products by carrying out testing, herd certification programs and regulatory oversight to comply with URUS, national, international and USDA requirements
- Collaborate with URUS Production Managers to establish and monitor disease testing, surveillance and biosecurity management programs at all URUS locations 
- Protect the safety of URUS products and customers and expedite the delivery of products to the international marketplace
- Identify, evaluate, and implement new diagnostic technology
- Establish and monitor compliance of biosecurity protocols for all URUS livestock operations and service programs and evaluate and recommend protocols for all URUS locations
- Provide herd certification as required by CFIA for URUS locations in Canada and coordinate certification at other facilities
- Collaborate with URUS Production Managers to provide/arrange for veterinary services at all URUS livestock facilities in coordination with local veterinarians to maintain the health and productivity of all animals
- Provide clinical veterinary services as needed at the Canadian URUS bull facilities
- Plan and oversee execution of semi-annual testing surveillance program for URUS bulls
- Coordinate and advise on treatment of bulls at other production locations
- Evaluate health and acceptability of all incoming animals and communicate adverse findings to appropriate staff and brand managers and acquisition staff
- Promote and adhere to safety in the workplace 
- Participate in safety meetings and safety committees

Skills and Qualifications
- Degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) 
- Licensed/Registered DVM in the province of Alberta
- Must possess a valid Driver’s License
- Strong interest in applying continuous improvement systems in the area of animal health and Biosecurity
- Excellent analytical skills (data – systems – regulations)
- Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills 
- Must have an excellent work ethic and organizational skills 
- Willingness to travel 
- A willingness to learn and the capability to interact effectively with regulatory bodies
- Accredited by CFIA

Application Instructions 
All interested applicants, please submit your resume into our Human Resources Department. 

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