Responsibilities : Preventive care
Maintain a clean and safe working environment for the area within his / her control.
Maintain bio-security of the farm.
Perform stock walks daily and for training purposes
Examine animals to diagnose their health problems
Test for and vaccinate against diseases
Diagnose and treat animals for medical conditions
Identify and treat mastitis, lameness and other animal health problems
Treat and dress wounds
Perform surgery on animals
Euthanize animals if required
Understand and implement good practice for animal health and welfare
Ensure moving and handling animals is done in an acceptable, quiet and calm way
Educate team and staff about general animal care, medical conditions, and treatments
Order and maintain an adequate stock of all vet drugs and equipment
Keep records of all mastitis treatments given and ensuring animals are marked according to the farm systems manual
Record other treatments as required
Observe cows in season / cows calved
Observant when with the cows, documenting any information that may be useful, for example,
cows that look like they may be coming in season
Ensure all pre-breeding cows / heifers are ready to breed on time.
Ensure Artificial Insemination is carried correctly and timely.
Prescribing care during and after mating
Prescribing care during calving
Assisting with delivery
Assisting with calf rearing and young stock
Assisting with the management of dry stock, including bulls as required
Animal Health & Welfare
Supervise regular trimming of hoofs
Helping herd manager to ensure staff stay attentive / alert for signs of unwell animals / sickness
especially when passing animals in the paddock, getting cows in for milking, etc.
Helping implement good practices of animal health and welfare; ensure unwell animals are identified and treated quickly as per farm protocols, and all animals moved / handled in an acceptable, quiet and calm way
Emphasize identifying and treating mastitis, lameness and other animal health problems on priority
Demand reporting any incidences of bloat or suspected bloat immediately, and all unwell animals to self as part of daily report
Sharing animal health report with herd manager highlighting details of all unwell animals
Health and Safety
Understand and ensure meeting the obligations of health and safety requirements of
employment legislation. Ensure compliance of all H&S policies related to farms, including
wearing of helmets and other personal protective equipment by the staff
Identify and contain / minimize health hazards among livestock
Maintain a Tidy Workplace
Store medical tools and equipment away in the correct place where they belong, as soon as
practical after finishing the task
Dispose of medical waste appropriately
Complete all other tasks required to maintain a safe and healthy workplace and environment
Team Building Planning, acquisition and mentoring
Define knowledge / skillsets required
Train designated staff in diagnosis and treatment, for your off-duty periods.
Train staff in the safe practices regarding handling of drugs and animals.
Effective communication within and outside the team
Create a supportive environment for the team members
Contribute to the team, letting others know information that may be useful or important
Help to create a fun, supportive work environment
People management and reporting responsibilities
Schedule shift changes and days off, and maintain discipline within the veterinary department
Ensure accurate and up to date, daily, weekly, monthly records as required by the management.