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This is responsible technical and supervisory work in the bacteriological analysis of milk and milk products. An employee allocated to this class of work supervises the operation of a laboratory engaged in performing bacteriological analysis of milk and milk products. Work is performed under general direction of the Assistant State Veterinarian, Georgia Department of Agriculture in coordination with the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Plans, coordinates, and supervises the operation of a laboratory performing bacteriological analysis of milk and milk products.

Conducts aseptic collection of quarter milk samples.

Isolates and identifies pathogenic micro-organisms responsible for mastitic conditions in milk.

Cultures milk on specially prepared isolation media.

Observes and records growth motility, morphology, and staining characteristics of propagated bacteria and their biochemical reactions on various media.

Tests antibiotic sensitivity of representative cultures.

Collects, prepares, stains, and counts white blood cells in milk from composite tank samples.

Prepares various types of bacteriological laboratory tests such as the California Mastitis Test, Milk Quality Test, Wisconsin Mastitis Test, Catalese Test, and Whiteside Test.

Recommends methods and procedures to be utilized in laboratory analysis.

Prepares stains and reagent solutions.

Recommends the purchase of various laboratory supplies and equipment.

Prepares case reports of laboratory results.

Maintains various laboratory records and prepares periodic and special reports of laboratory operations.

Performs related duties as required.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in bacteriology and thorough experience related to this class of work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


Considerable knowledge of bacteriology and the techniques and procedures of laboratory analysis.

Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of laboratory science.

Ability to supervise the work of subordinate technical personnel.

Ability to assemble material and present data with clarity and scientific accuracy.

Ability to exercise good judgement in appraising situations and making decisions.



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