Responsible for the health and well‑being of the cattle, including preventative care as well as diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries; monitors the health of animals and studies effectiveness of medications, vaccinations and feeding programs, in compliance with established veterinary health standards.
- Monitor herd health, to include calf station to ensure the calves are properly cared for
- Manage neonatal calf care, feeding equipment, facilities, ventilation, calf/cattle movements, colostrum management, nutrition and immunization.
- Conduct checks of animals to intervene in a proactive way in resolving problems regarding animal health and welfare.
- Diagnose and treat cattle diseases and conditions.
- Investigate unusual problems such as risk of mortality.
- Update cattle records for treated animals on handheld devices provided, evaluate health and treatment interventions and provide recommendations.
- Conduct routine pregnancy diagnosis for cows and heifers.
- Contribute to nutritional analysis of dairy cattle and develop feeding plan
- Review transition cows for common disorders and treat accordingly (Ketosis, Metritis, Hypocalcemia).
- Schedule weekly and monthly veterinary tasks.
- Liaise with purchasing and stores to ensure consistent availability of veterinary supplies.
- Provide technical training to other farm employees as required.
- Monitor sanitation status and effectiveness of established sanitary standards
- Prepare weekly reports as required
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent
- Certification / Licensed with JVB.
- Training in dairy management
- Ability to diagnose pregnancy by palpation and ultrasonography.
- At least five (5) years progressive management experience in commercial agricultural production, preferably in the dairy industry.
- Experience with calf care
- Willingness to work on week-ends and public holidays
A competitive compensation package includes fully maintained living accommodation on location as well as a company vehicle.