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The DFA Dog Racing Veterinarian is responsible for ensuring the humane treatment of greyhounds and preparing reports for the Board of Judges to administer

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Special Job Requirements:

Shift work involving irregular working hours, to include holidays and weekends, is required. Lifting and carrying greyhounds weighing up to 100 pounds and exposure to varied weather conditions is required.

Typical Functions:

Supervises a small staff of veterinarian assistants by interviewing and selecting applicants, training employees, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Oversees and reviews the collection and labeling of urine samples, completion of related forms, data entry of information, sealing and packaging of samples for submission to the testing laboratory, and laboratory results. Prepares reports for the Board of Judges to administer fines for positive samples. Inspects and/or oversees the inspection of kennels and greyhounds to ensure safe and humane treatment, monitors the gait and appearance of each greyhound, noting irregularities, and determines if the greyhound is fit for competition. Administers emergency treatment to injured greyhounds and prepares greyhounds for movement to kennel or veterinarian hospital for further treatment. Prepares reports and findings and enters information into database, reviews national and state database to ensure greyhounds have proper documentation, updated vaccinations, physical screenings, and other requirements, as established by legislation and Racing Commission rules. Serves as an expert witness during administrative hearings. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of national and state laws, rules, and regulations governing greyhound racing and pari-mutuel wagering. Knowledge of pharmacology and application of drugs and withdrawal times. Knowledge of computer software including Excel, Word, and Access. Knowledge of safety policies and procedures. Ability to maintain strong positive relationships with Racing Commission and greyhound racing industry staff, kennel operators, and testing laboratory staff. Ability to adapt to physical and environmental changes with the facilities, weather, and exposure to various canine diseases. Ability to assess the health and well-being of greyhounds. Ability to plan and direct the work of others. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a doctor of veterinary medicine degree (DVM); plus five years of experience in the practice of veterinary medicine, including two years in a supervisory or leadership capacity. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Arkansas.


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