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Smithfield Veterinarian - HPD in ALGONA, Iowa

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The position summary states the general nature and purpose of the job. Overall accountabilities are defined in this section.

Provide veterinary and production leadership to the Midwest Operations.

Core Responsibilities

Responsibilities and tasks are written as follows:

  • Provide real-time on-site veterinary support to the Midwest wean-to-finish and Midwest Sow Operations in all aspects of swine production.

  • Provide input and oversight to system health related improvement programs and production practice quality assurance initiatives.

  • Fully integrates efforts/activities within the framework and consistent with the direction of the production management team and veterinary team.

  • Ensures communication and system’s efforts to ensure production team’s efforts are directed toward system-wide optimization.

  • Leads and directs systems practices to ensure animal movement and testing requirements are being completed consistent with state and federal regulatory requirements.

  • Ensure both the Pork Industry and Company objectives, standards, and initiatives are carried out at the regional level including administration of health plans, disease/pathogen monitoring, PQA measures, food safety, and animal welfare policy.

  • Assists with coordination of health SOPs with regional production managers and other health specialists.

  • Understands all certification requirements and is responsible for getting all production managers and specialists exposed to the required standards for assessment.

  • Provides all appropriate staff with current health documentation and assures performance to defined standards.

  • Provides timely, accurate reports, documentation, and data to internal/external customers.

  • Monitors current and new system health and food safety regulations to ensure our compliance.

  • Monitors Production capabilities that ensure optimum performance standards through biosecurity, system design, health improvement initiatives, and genetics.

  • Conducts Pork Quality Assurance Training.

  • Mentors, directs, and coaches designated Midwest production and veterinary support staff.

  • Responsible for following all environmental laws and procedures to which the company subscribes.

  • Report all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor.

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

  • Performs all other duties as defined by manager.


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.

  • 1-3 years post graduate experience preferred in swine medicine.

  • PQA certification.

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

  • Pre-employment physical and drug screen.

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

  • Must be available for occasional travel.

  • Must be available to work nights and weekends when necessary.

  • Must understand that the Midwest Operations is a producer of high-quality pork for human consumption and must be supportive of the mission of raising swine for meat.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Work Environment & Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Stoop, stand, walk, and stretch while performing routine health checks, marking, and administering vaccinations on swine herds.

  • Ability to move large animals weighing up to 300 lbs.

  • Ability to distinguish colors when marking animals for movement and/or treatment.

  • Perform minor surgeries i.e., lancing abscesses, ruptures, etc. using scalpels.

  • Perform blood testing and vaccinations using syringes and needles.

  • Utilize bolt gun to euthanasia animals when necessary.

  • Utilize posting knife to perform necropsy.

  • Utilize desktop computer to input data, compile reports and distribute information to internal and external customers.

  • Utilize telephones including cellular phones to conduct business and communicate with internal and external customers.

  • Utilize company vehicle to travel to contract grower sites.

  • Utilize projector and presentation equipment and materials to conduct grower and company presentations.

    The work environment characteristics 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 tolerate blood, animal dander, manure, dust, odors, and frequently hot and noisy conditions.

Careers and Benefits

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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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ID 2022-23921

Job LocationsUS-IA-ALGONA

Category Vet Services

Type Full-Time

FLSA Status Exempt

Shift 1st Shift