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Veterinarian (VM-01)





Veterinarians at the CFIA


Selection Process: 24-ICA-NCR-OE-VAR-OPS-051

CFIA veterinarians play an important role in Canadian food safety. Our veterinarians are part of the first line of defence against the spread of many diseases. We’re hiring veterinarians at all levels of experience in various locations across Canada. We are currently hiring at the VM-01 level for Meat Hygiene and/or Animal Health positions.

We currently have immediate opportunities in the following locations:

  • Vernon BC - Animal Health
  • Brooks AB - Meat Hygiene
  • Lacombe AB - Meat Hygiene
  • Lethbridge AB - Animal Health and Meat Hygiene
  • Fort McLeod AB - Meat Hygiene
  • Regina SK - Animal Health
  • Wynyard SK - Meat Hygiene
  • Brandon MB - Meat Hygiene
  • Neepawa MB - Meat Hygiene
  • Winkler MB - Meat Hygiene
  • Belleville ON - Meat Hygiene/Animal Health
  • St. Catharines ON - Animal Health
  • Walkerton ON - Animal Health
  • Windsor ON - Animal Health/Meat Hygiene
  • Ange-Gardien QC - Meat Hygiene (must be able to work in French)
  • St-Damase QC - Meat Hygiene (must be able to work in French)

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is seeking full-time employment (37.5 hours/week) or part-time employment for either a permanent (indeterminate) position or a temporary (term) position with the possibility of extension

  • Will help to maintain healthy practices in the food and livestock industries, including sound meat hygiene and terrestrial/aquatic animal health

  • Will educate the public and industry officials about potential hazards of importing products of animal origin, or through inspection of animals and meat products

Responsibilities include:

  • Working in slaughter establishments performing ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of animals, export inspections of animals, and providing consultation services to inspection staff, stakeholders and other government organizations

  • Training of inspection personnel and new veterinarians

  • Compiling and maintaining reports for management

  • Ensuring compliance with regulations and ensuring humane transport of animals in accordance with international standards and regulations

The mandatory requirements:

  • You must be fluent in at least one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French. Some positions may require fluency in both official languages

  • You must have a legal status that allows you to accept employment in Canada for the entire period of employment. We accept Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit

  • You must be able to obtain Government of Canada security clearance.  We’ll help you with your application when the time comes

  • You have graduated from a recognized school of Veterinary Medicine and you have an unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine – recognized by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) – or a Certificate of Qualification granted by the National Examining Board (NEB) of the CVMA

  • NEW FOR VETERINARY STUDENTS: You will graduate by May 2024 from a veterinary school accredited or approved by the CVMA and have successfully achieved the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)

Conditions of employment:

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment:

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment:

  • Medical suitability: Pass a Pre-placement health evaluation and Periodic health evaluation

  • To use in the prescribed circumstances and manner all prescribed safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing

  • Willing and able to be immunized as indicated by job risk, location, overseas travel and other identified risk(s)

  • To have and maintain a valid driver’s license

  • Willing and able to travel, as required

  • Willing and able to work shifts

  • Willing and able to work irregular hours (e.g. days, nights, weekends, statutory holidays)

  • Willing and able to work overtime, as required