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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 524D
Category: Science & Engineering

Class Series Concept

See Veterinary Specialist 1


This is the supervisory and expert level of the series. Positions supervise a staff of veterinary specialists, animal technicians or support personnel.

Typical Work

Supervises and directs the work of veterinary specialists or other staff;

Plans and reviews work of technical staff and also recruits, hires and evaluates other technicians;

Works with, assists and counsels administrative and research staff in matters relating to or affecting the laboratory animal facility;

Acts as subject-matter expert and resource to staff;

Gathers and analyzes statistical data;

Prepares detailed reports and budgets; designs or reviews design and construction of laboratory equipment, facilities and services;

Provides education and outreach;

Performs the duties of the lower levels in the series;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: poultry and/or livestock industry; handling livestock equipment; food animal or large animal practices; development of contracts or federal cooperative agreements; managing budgets; supervisory and management practices; leadership skills; effective written and oral communication; animal care; animal care tools, medicines, and techniques; quality control procedures; common emergency and critical care case types; medical records.

Ability to: handle livestock and poultry in a safe manner; safety protocols; teach and model veterinary nursing care; instruct others on technical skills required; supervise and lead a team.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a medical, biological, or allied field, two years’ experience in the animal, avian, or veterinary field, and one year supervisory experience.


Registration, certification or licensure in an animal or veterinary technician program, four years’ experience in a mixed or large animal practice or working with laboratory animals, and one year supervisory experience.

Note: Registration by the state of Washington may be required. Positions at the Department of Agriculture are required to be a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 45910 Veterinarian, Animal Health; effective June 1, 2005.
Base range salary adjustment (from 56 to 50); revised class series concept, definition, typical work, knowledge and abilities, and qualifications: adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.