Supervisory Veterinarian (Inventory)

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Various locations across Western Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB)
Various Tenures (Indeterminate, Acting, Assignment, Temporary)
$88,763 to $106,909 (Salary is currently under review)For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: 23 November 2019 – 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

In your application, please identify the legal status which entitles you to work in Canada – Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. You will be asked to show proof of this status in order to complete the security screening required for employment. Failure to provide this information will eliminate your application from further consideration.

Individuals without Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or an open or CFIA-specific work permit will only be considered if all other applicants with legal status to work in Canada are determined to be not qualified.


CFIA Veterinarians play a key role in Canadian food safety, forming the first line of defense against the spread of many diseases. They help to maintain healthy practices in the food and livestock industries, including sound meat hygiene and terrestrial/aquatic animal health and within research and diagnostic laboratories. Reporting to an Inspection Manager, the key duties of a Supervisory Veterinarian may include, but are not limited to:
• Supervising staff, providing instruction and training, teaching skill sets required to perform tasks, managing assigned resources and assets, and compiling operational and legislative compliance reports for use by CFIA at the regional, area and national level.
• Leading and conducting ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections, clinical examinations, and epidemiological investigations to evaluate the health of animals and diagnose diseases, and verify work completed by inspectors and veterinarians.
• Ensuring public and industry compliance with the Safe Food for Canadians Act and the Health of Animals Act and the associated regulations and policies to ensure proper certification for export, import and domestic purposes.
• Review of situations of non-compliance, initiation of enforcement actions and testimony as required.
• Review, certification and endorsement of official and accredited veterinary certificates governing animals or meat products for import, export and domestic purposes.
• Implementation and conducts quality assurance, risk assessment and regulatory audits to assess the compliance with acts, regulations and accreditation requirements, and is accountable for the preparation and accuracy of emergency response contingency plans.
• Advises and instructs stakeholders on the requirements and implementation of the Animal Health and Meat Hygiene Programs, represents the interests of the Agency in media and public fora and promotes measures taken to control diseases.
• Plans and coordinates activities of the CFIA Programs to maintain Canada’s national zoosanitary status.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to create an inventory of qualified candidates to staff current and future Veterinarian Supervisor positions within CFIA for various tenures (full time, part-time, temporary and indeterminate).

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation from a recognized school of Veterinary Medicine, defined as:
• graduation from a veterinary school accredited or approved by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA); or
• graduation from another veterinary school and holding a Certificate of Qualification (Parts A, B & C) granted by the National Examining Board of the CVMA.

Occupational Certification
Eligibility for membership in a Canadian veterinary association, defined as:
• current members of a Canadian veterinary association with a license recognized by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association; and
• non-members of Canadian veterinary associations holding a Certificate of Qualification granted by the National Examining Board (NEB) of the CVMA.

Degree equivalency


EE1: Recent and Significant** experience in supervising staff and/or leading a team.
EE2: Experience in the practice of veterinary medicine and/or in applying veterinary techniques or processes.

**Recent & Significant is defined as depth & breadth of experience normally associated with full-time performance of duties for a minimum continuous period of three months within the last three years.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


EC1: Leadership
EC2: Uphold Integrity and Respect
EC3: Achieve Results
EC4: Collaborate with Partners and Stakeholders
EC5: Analytical Thinking / Decision-Making
EC6: Written Communication
EC7: Oral Communication

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


AE1: Experience in the meat industry or meat hygiene or an animal health program.
AE2: Experience in a mixed or large animal practice.
AE3: Experience in regulatory veterinary medicine.
AE4: Experience as a regulatory or non-regulatory veterinarian in terrestrial and/or aquatic animal health.
AE5: Trained CFIA-accredited veterinarian.
AE6: Experience in liaising with industry groups, academic institutions, or provincial associations and Federal, Provincial or Territorial government departments or agencies.
AE7: Experience providing advice, guidance, and recommendations to management.
AE8: Experience providing training and/or mentorship.
AE9: Experience in performing skill assessments, such as performance reviews.
AE10: Experience in Farm Operations and/or an Agricultural Industry or Setting.


AC1: Initiative
AC2: Promote Innovation and Guide Change
AC3: Adaptability / Flexibility

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment from the inventory:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.
• Medical suitability: Pass a Pre-placement Health Evaluation and Periodic Health Evaluation, including able to be tested, vaccinated and demonstrate a protective titre for e.g.: tuberculosis, rabies, influenza, as required.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment from the inventory:
• Have and maintain a valid driver’s license.
• Willing and available to work shifts.
• Willing and available to work irregular hours (e.g., nights, weekends, statutory holidays).
• Willing and available to travel.
• Willing and available to work overtime.
• Use of all prescribed safety materials, equipment, clothing and devices.
• Employees may require the use of respiratory equipment that must meet the respiratory program requirements; including fit testing (e.g. may need to be clean-shaven, depending on a respirator design).
• Willingness to abide by strict biosecurity protocols which may require showering several times a day or abiding by certain restrictions on contact with livestock outside of the workplace.
• Willing and able to work in environmentally challenging or physically demanding conditions and with pathogens in a high security biocontainment environment or with potential allergens.

Other information

1. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

2. Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this selection process.

a) You are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of your choice.

b) You must submit your application online through GC Jobs (

c) For this selection process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this selection process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the selection process.

d) Applicants who are screened in to this selection process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this selection process.

e) Contact information for two (2) references – at least one (1) must be a current supervisor. Include name, telephone number and valid email.

f) Please note that this staffing process may be used to fill opportunities in the following locations: Calgary, High River, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Coutts, Innisfail, Lacombe, Red Deer, Trochu, Brooks, Fort MacLeod, Dawson Creek, Armstrong, Enderby, Vernon, Oliver, Victoria, Vancouver, Dauphin, Neepawa, Brandon, Carman, Winkler, Winnipeg, Blumenort, Winkler, Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Wynyard.

g) Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA’s needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

h) During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the selection process.

i) For more information on how to apply to a CFIA selection process, please visit:

j) You will be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the process.

k) Your ability to communicate effectively in writing may be assessed via the application.

l) All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.

m) Various assessment tools may be used in this selection process such as: standardized tests, reference checks, written tests, an interview, etc.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

WA Ops Staffing-VM / Dotation SRT (CFIA/ACIA)