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Poultry Veterinarian

Hanover, ON

The Opportunity

The Poultry Veterinarian’s role is to take care of flock health, welfare, and quality for Maple Leaf’s poultry live operations and to represent Maple Leaf at industry activities related to poultry health. They will support the teams that work on quality assurance, laboratory testing, animal health and welfare, and industry issues. The goal of our veterinary and quality assurance and programs is the ongoing improvement of our health, hatchability, chick quality, and broiler breeder performance results.

Snapshot of a Day-in-the-Life:

  • Deliver technical services and guidance for poultry health. These include preventive medicine, diagnostic methods, vaccination programs, animal welfare and auditing programs, antibiotic strategies, and laboratory operations.
  • Perform flock health field visits and postmortems for broiler breeder replacements, broiler breeders, hatcheries, and occasionally broilers.
  • Guide bird husbandry
  • Guide hatchability and incubation issues
  • Provide technical guidance for chick health
  • Deliver advice and help to the Ontario Maple Leaf live poultry operations
  • Deliver training as needed throughout the poultry operations
  • Support MLF initiatives including animal welfare, antimicrobial use, and food safety
  • Provide oversight to third party veterinary services serving Ontario producers
  • Implement proactive food safety programs relating to live poultry
  • Provide a proactive approach to antibiotic use and preventing antibiotic resistance
  • Support programs and projects such as raised without antibiotics, breed evaluation, bird health, feed programs, and other new initiatives

What You’ll Bring:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; eligible for licensure in Ontario
  • Experienced and/or specialized in poultry
  • American College of Poultry Veterinarians certification is an asset
  • Effective communication and influencing skills
  • Professional, objective, action oriented, team player
  • Values-oriented and upholds a high standard of professional ethics
  • Self-motivated with excellent problem solving ability
  • Advanced computer skills required

What We Offer at Maple Leaf Foods:

  • Being part of a high-performance, people-focused company that has an inspiring and unique vision to become the most sustainable protein company on earth, and a deep commitment to sustainable protein across North America.
  • An inclusive company culture and a work environment that keeps our people safe, rewards excellence, and empowers everyone to learn and contribute their best.
  • Competitive Health and Wellness benefits that offer flexibility to meet your individual or family needs, including programs focused on improving mental health and wellbeing. These benefits start on your first day of employment.
  • Defined Contribution Pension Plan with company matching that starts on your first day of employment.
  • Learning and development opportunities, including workshops, ‘speaker series’ events, and resources that allow you to develop your skills and progress your career.
  • Comprehensive tuition reimbursement program that supports continuous learning and development of our team members through investment in eligible degrees, diplomas, professional certification, or trades programs.
  • Supporting our deep commitment to community impact, we offer up to two paid days annually to volunteer at a cause of your choice.

About Us:

We’re a carbon neutral food company on a purposeful journey to Raise the Good in Food through better nutrition, safer food and workplaces, more humane animal care, and environmental sustainability efforts that protect our planet. We care about our communities and commit to reducing food insecurity in Canada. Join us on the journey. Let’s build a better future, together.

We’re passionate about food. For more than 100 years, we’ve made delicious, healthy protein that Canadians love under iconic national and regional brands, like Maple Leaf®, Schneiders®, and Greenfield Natural Meat Co.® We’re on a journey to become the most sustainable protein company – not just in Canada – but on earth.
  • We are carbon neutral.
  • We are one of the only food companies in Canada to set science-based targets.
  • We aim to reduce our environmental footprint by 50% by 2025.
We’re a global food company with more than 13,500 team members. We operate sites in 20+ locations across Canada. We also have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, and do business in Asia.

A diverse and inclusive work environment

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision and living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values. We believe in building, investing in, recognizing, and rewarding remarkable people who value an inclusive workplace, embrace all forms of diversity, and commit to including every voice in our collaborative environment. We’re so much stronger when we know we’re accepted and valued for who we are and what we each bring to the workplace.

We embrace a strong, values-based culture

Our eight Leadership Values are our north star. They guide the decisions we make for all our stakeholders: our consumers, our customers, our people, our communities, our shareholders, and the environment.
  • Doing What’s Right
  • Shared Value
  • High Performance
  • Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Disciplined Decision Making
  • Our Accountability
  • Intense Curiosity
  • Transparency and Humility

We thank all applicants for their interest in exploring employment opportunities with Maple Leaf Foods; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants may be subject to a background check and must meet the security criteria designated for the position.

Championing diversity and inclusion is a critical component to advancing our collective purpose and vision, living the Maple Leaf Leadership Values, and delivering winning results. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired; please contact our Talent Attraction Team at accommodations@mapleleaf.com.

Disclaimer:  Please note that salaries posted on sites other than the MLF Careers Page are not a reflection of Maple Leaf Foods and are an estimated salary range provided by that particular job board.  Maple Leaf Foods offers competitive wages and an attractive total rewards package, which will be discussed during an interview with our Talent Team.


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