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Smithfield Associate Veterinarian - HP in ALGONA, Iowa

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Promotes process improvement with a focus on disease prevention in order to improve the health of the system. Diagnoses and treats diseases of swine by performing the following duties.

Salary Range

$85,500 - $127,050

Core Responsibilities

  • Using CQI/SPC methods, monitors key indicators and formulate intervention strategies to improve system health.

  • Examines animals to determine nature of disease or injury.

  • Treats animal surgically or medically.

  • Test animals for herd health monitoring.

  • Inoculates animals against diseases and other disorders. Ensures that animals meet all federal, state, and local health and welfare regulations.

  • Advises/teaches managers/employees about sanitary measures, feeding, and general care to promote health of animals.

  • Promotes teamwork with all production segments to focus on system mission.

  • Oversees and provides guidance for animal health regulatory issues associated with production and movement of swine.

  • Evaluates new technologies/products as they impact production and animal health.

  • Establishes and maintains relationships for Smithfield Hog Production with academics, animal health organizations and political/health organizations

  • Be committed to the judicious use of antimicrobials.

  • Responsible for being in compliance with all environmental & animal welfare laws and procedures to which Smithfield Hog Production subscribes.

  • Report all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor.

  • Incumbent will be responsible for understanding and complying with company SIPS, EMS and BMS policies and procedures while performing their job duties.

  • Read and understand the company’s emergency notification process and will be responsible for reviewing that policy at their work site.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by manager.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Candidate in their last semester of school or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from an accredited school, required.

  • Eligible to practice veterinary medicine in states where farms are located within 6 months of hire.

  • Current and valid driver’s license with acceptable MVR.

  • Proven working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Access, Internet is preferred.

  • Must be available for occasional travel.

  • Must be available to work nights and weekends when necessary. Weekend, evening, and holiday work required as needed.

  • Previous livestock handling helpful.

  • Strong Commitment to teamwork.

  • Willingness to shower daily in and out of farms.

  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.

  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics & physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to frequently climb over, under, and around penning.

  • Must be able to walk and stand on concrete for 3 to 4 hours per day, walking down narrow alleys and in and out of narrow penning.

  • Must be able to walk an occasionally up to 1 –2 miles per day.

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. on a limited basis.

  • Must be able to occasionally work in situations two feet above the floor in a leaned-over or squatted position.

  • Must be tolerable and willing to learn and perform the following tasks: euthanasia, castration, vaccinations, piglet processing, ear tagging for identification, taking blood samples and other procedures normal to animal husbandry.

  • Must be able to work with and around a wide range of antibiotics (i.e. penicillin).

  • Must be able to tolerate blood, animal dander, manure, dust, odors, and frequently noisy conditions.

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936,Smithfield Foods, Inc. ( is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit ( , and connect with us onFacebook,Twitter,LinkedInandInstagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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Job LocationsUS-IA-ALGONA

CategoryVet Services


FLSA StatusExempt

Shift1st Shift

Salary Range$85,500 - $127,050