Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Director, Animal Health Centre
$107,800.20 - $137,500.00 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 Director of the Animal Health Centre (AHC) is responsible for all aspects of the management
and operation of the AHC, an American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
(AAVLD) accredited, full service, all species veterinary laboratory. The AHC operates as the British
Columbia provincial veterinary reference laboratory. The wide spectrum of test results generated
by the AHC provides key animal health surveillance data to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in
support of agricultural sustainability, public safety, provincial food security and global
competitiveness of BC’s livestock industry.
Work-life balance, continuing education and personal growth and development are actively
supported. The AHC currently has approximately 45 staff members that include front office clerical
staff, animal health technicians, lab technologists and scientists, general and specialist veterinary
pathologists, a veterinary microbiologist, and a veterinary virologist.
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.
• Advanced degree to the Masters or PhD level in Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology,
Virology, parasitology or immunology and a minimum of five years of relevant experience
in a veterinary diagnostic laboratory or relevant work experience.
• 5 years experience in a leadership and a supervisory role. Experience could include practice
management, regulatory/policy, finance, or quality management.
• Preference may be given to those with experience in an AAVLD and/or ISO/IEC 17025
• Preference may be given to those DVM and PhD with speciality board certification.