Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Chief Veterinary Officer
$124,000.09 - $151,800.07 annually
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is responsible for the production, marketing, processing, and
merchandising of agriculture and aquaculture products, and food security. The Ministry’s Plant and
Animal Health Branch (Branch) supports the sustainability of animal and plant agriculture, while
serving to protect the well-being of the people of the province through surveillance, regulatory
compliance, risk assessment, and the development of strategies to mitigate identified risks. The
Branch consists of the Animal Health Centre and the Plant Health Unit.
The Chief Veterinary Officer is the provincial lead authority for all animal disease issues which have
the potential to impact British Columbia’s multi-billion-dollar agriculture industry. A One Health
approach to prevention and management of animal diseases is critical to efficient, timely and
effective animal and human disease management. This position is the main interface with the
Provincial Health Officer to ensure a One Health approach is implemented to protect and respond
to zoonotic diseases which may impact British Columbians, food safety and security, and the
Qualifications for this role include:
• Degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an educational institute accredited by the
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, or equivalent/comparable veterinary degree with
eligibility to obtain a full licence to practice in British Columbia.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience in diagnostic laboratory medicine.
• Authorized under the British Columbia Veterinarians Act to practice veterinary medicine, or
immediately eligible for registration with the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia.
• Experience in a senior government role.
• Experience in developing and implementing policy.
• Experience in public speaking and media training.
• Experience in managing, leading, and directing the work of other program managers,
professional employees, and/or consultants.
• Experience in budget management, procurement, and conflict resolution.
• Experience in developing and leading strategic plans for an organization, including contract
management; financial management; and leading multi-party negotiations.