State Veterinarian Temporary – Washington, PA 15301


The Department of Agriculture, Meadows Racetrack is seeking a licensed veterinarian to supervise staff performing test barn activities (pre-race and post-race detention barn) including the collection and processing of blood and urine samples and all related record keeping. If you are a board certified veterinarian who enjoys working around horses and has an interest in this type of work, apply now!

  • This position is per diem; daily rate of pay is $400.00
  • This position is vendor-controlled; schedule is determined by the racing schedule
  • This position is year around, standby.
  • This position is standby, work will be from 11:00am – 7:00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday or Saturday.


This position supervises the test barn (pre and post-race detention barn) and supervises Test Barn activities including collection and processing of samples, inspection of horses, determining horses qualified for treatment, observing horses before, during and after racing, and maintaining records of all procedures. This position conducts pre-race inspection, resolve controversies in equine medicine, observe horses before, during and after racing, examine horses at the request of the judges, administer emergency treatment if a private veterinary practitioner is not immediately available, and attend meetings and hearing when requested by the judges. Be present in the paddock at the finish of each racing program to observe horses before, during, and after racing. Monitor the activities of private veterinarian practitioners in the administration of medication to qualified horses in accordance with the rules of racing. As a Commission Veterinarian, this position must make decision covering a wide range of responsibilities including the fitness of horses prior to, between and after races; disposition of medical cases of injury or disease; all personnel matters involving farm workers; and application of the rules of the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission.


Once year of veterinary practice experience in a small animal practice; and graduation from a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor program.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid license to practice veterinary medicine as issued by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

POST EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENT: If the employee is not licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Pennsylvania, he/she must obtain Pennsylvania licensure within twelve (12) months of being hired.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.


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