Animal Protection Officer Wanted with the Chief Veterinary Office/Manitoba Agriculture

Chief Veterinary Office/Manitoba Agriculture

*This is a contract position*

Position Overview
An APO is appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to enforce Manitoba’s Animal Care Act. The Province of Manitoba’s animal welfare program is overseen and administered by Manitoba Agriculture’s Animal Health and Welfare Branch. The Director under The Animal Care Act is Manitoba Agriculture’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

Candidates to be considered for APO appointment are required to have existing professional experience in animal care and husbandry and/or law enforcement. Examples of animal care and husbandry experience include but are not exclusive to working at a veterinary clinic, animal boarding facility, or animal shelter; livestock farming, involvement in animal sports, municipal/provincial/federal law enforcement activities involving animals, employment with a government and/or regulatory body with a vested interest in animal health and welfare, experience with animal related emergency response. Examples of law enforcement experience include being a police officer, bylaw officer; or officer enforcing provincial or federal laws related to animal health and welfare.

When appointed as an APO, responsibilities include conducting inspections to determine compliance under The Animal Care Act, enforcing compliance to ensure adequate animal care and husbandry, taking action to relieve animal distress, conducting investigations to support prosecutions, responding to emergencies such as floods or fire where animals are affected; and working with other emergency responders, health workers, and law enforcement agencies to address animal welfare concerns.

APOs are hired as independent contractors and are not employed by Manitoba Agriculture. As a contractor, please be advised there is a variable case load and therefore this is not a guaranteed full-time position.

Anyone in Manitoba is welcome to apply (this position is not specific to Winnipeg), areas in high demand include:
• Northern Manitoba (i.e. The Pas, Thompson, Dauphin, Grand Rapids and First Nations communities)
• Interlake and surrounding areas (i.e. Ashern, Arborg, Fisher Branch)
• Southern Manitoba (i.e. Morris, Emerson, Boissevain, Vita)

How to Apply
Individuals interested in becoming appointed as an APO must submit the following information by email to the Animal Care Line at [email protected]:
• Current resume
• Cover letter explaining:
-Why you want to be appointed as an APO
-Experience in law enforcement/emergency response/animal care and husbandry
-Species specific animal experience (i.e. livestock, companion animals)
• List of three (3) professional references

Successful candidates will be interviewed and required to attend a two-week APO training course.

Candidates will also need to provide a drivers abstract as well as current child abuse and criminal
record checks.
Our program offers competitive compensation rates.
For any additional questions or inquiries, please contact the Animal Care Line at 204-945-8000 or toll free at 1-888-945-8001.

Position Closing Date: 11/07/2022