Veterinarian, Disease Management


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Applications Close - End of Day: 24-06-2020


New Zealand

Work type:

  • Utilize your diagnostical, investigative, and planning skills to manage TB in cattle and deer herds.
  • Make a difference towards eradicating TB, and helping farmers manage affected herds.
  • Christchurch Based.



 OSPRI is a non-profit organisation which operates in partnership with New Zealand’s primary industries and government to achieve on-farm biosecurity objectives through animal disease management and traceability.  We work closely with our shareholders, Beef and Lamb New Zealand, Dairy NZ, Deer Industry New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries, plus a range of other stakeholders, to deliver on our value statement: Farmers and markets can depend on us to provide assurance as to the health and status of animals.


OSPRI has a key role in the biosecurity system to contribute to New Zealand’s national and international reputation in animal products.  TBfree and National Animal Identification and Tracing are OSPRI programmes.


With a new Chief Executive at the helm, significant and exciting changes have been made over the last 12 months including the recent establishment of a high performing, collaborative and forward-thinking organisation with a strong emphasis on organisational agility. The next step OSPRI’s evolution has been to create a new Veterinarian, Disease Management position in Christchurch to support the vision of this team.


About the Role

The Veterinarian, Disease Management role undertakes the animal disease management responsibilities for the region and develops and implements the disease management plan for the region, with all on-farm diagnostic services. There is a specific focus on examining herds of cattle and deer to diagnose an infection and investigate how they may have been infected. With a positive diagnosis of a disease, the Veterinarian, Disease Management develops plans to manage the affected animal/herd, requiring good communication skills and compassion when speaking to farmers and stakeholders regarding business impact. This is a specialised role for someone with applied knowledge of animal disease management and eradication and an experienced veterinarian registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.  This is an opportunity to make a positive impact in the agricultural community.


About You

This role will be out in the field, diagnosing and investigating outbreaks of TB, and would suit someone who:

  • Holds a veterinary degree and registered with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.
  • Can not only diagnose diseases in cattle and deer, but also investigates the cause of the outbreak and develops a plan to manage it.
  • Is able to talk to farmers about implementing a management plan, with an understanding and compassion of the business impacts involved.
  • Maintains up to date knowledge on recent findings in diseases in cattle, deer and wild animals, as well as the immunology of diseases and associated diagnostic tests.
  • Analyses data and information to determine the cause of disease transmission
  • Plans and monitors eradication approaches with other technical staff and can write compelling cases that a geographic area is free of a specific disease in accordance with the national framework set.



APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Wednesday, 24 June 2020




FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox on 04 550 8000

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