Veterinarian (Carthage, MO)

Butterball, LLC Carthage, MO

Position Purpose:

The Veterinarian is responsible for the health and well-being of Butterball’s turkey flocks to produce wholesome products efficiently and safely by conducting all necessary veterinary procedures.


  • Manage the Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma live operations veterinarian region for Butterball.
  • Perform all necessary veterinary care and procedures for commercial turkeys grown in the assigned live operation region to insure their care, health and well-being.
  • Provide and document surveillance, clinical diagnostics and treatment regimens for flocks.
  • Provide oversight to ensure standard operating procedures for animal care and well-being are met.
  • Act as a primary liaison with industry colleagues, customers, and regulatory agencies as needed.
  • Provide guidance to Butterball live operations and processing associates to ensure efficient production of healthy birds for processing.
  • Promote and support the Butterball Animal Care and Well-Being and Biosecurity programs by providing training, conducting internal audits, and coordinating third-party audits for program effectiveness and results.
  • Research and analyze health challenges to develop and implement vaccination programs and intervention strategies.
  • Generate grower and associate communications to share health trends and research conclusions.
  • Analyze long term disease trends and provide recommendations for continuous improvement across the enterprise.
  • Coordinate surveillance programs and work with diagnostic laboratory partners.
  • Timely approval of prescriptions.
  • Oversee antibiotic use and ensure treatment plans are documented, communicated and followed.
  • Assist in research projects and other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and compliance with the Animal Care and Well-Being and Biosecurity Policies and all associated procedures and protocols
  • Advanced poultry health management skills
  • Conducts all activity in compliance with appropriate veterinary practices
  • Eligible for veterinary licensure for the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas
  • Excellent animal handling skills
  • Strong time management, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Microsoft Office suite; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to travel up to 50% in state
  • Ability to travel up to 10% out of state
  • Occasional night and weekend work

Education and Experience:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) required
  • Additional poultry training or experience preferred
  • Residency or Masters in poultry preferred
  • Missouri Veterinary Licensed preferred

Work/Physical Requirements:

  • Driver’s license, lift up to 50 pounds, can work in wet, cold, hot, dusty environments with appropriate PPE


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