VMO (Public Health) (Public Health Veterinarian)
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for protecting the publics health by ensuring the safety of the Nations commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.
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This is an excellent opportunity to seek a greater leadership role and responsibility in public health. If you are a new, mid-career, or experienced professional interested in a Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) career, this job is for you!
FSIS offers various recruitment incentives to newly hired Veterinarians in difficult-to-staff duty locations! Incentives may include a multi-tiered recruitment bonus, student loan repayment, or Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual. Recruitment flexibilities and incentives are offered based on agency staffing needs and budgetary availability; service agreements apply. Please Click Here for more information on incentives and click here for current targeted locations.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
- This Job Announcement FSIS-2014-VMO-0389 is an open continuous job announcement that is used to collect applications from applicants and fill vacant positions as they become available.
- Applicants are required to have completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional degree prior to beginning working for FSIS.
- When a request is received to fill a vacant Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) position in a specific geographic location, a list of the best qualified applicants interested in that location, will be sent to the hiring manager for further consideration.
- The cities listed in the job announcement are a listing of where we have VMO positions. It does not mean that these geographic locations are currently vacant. It is difficult to predict if or when a specific location will have a vacant position.
- To ensure continued interest and availability, your application is only valid for 6 months (180 days) or until the closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first. You will receive an email notification to remind you to recertify your continued interest.
- Occasional Travel
- At Agency Discretion. For example, some positions will require travel from establishment to establishment during the workweek and/or travel away from home for 1-5 nights per month or more if needed.
- FSIS will pay travel and transportation expenses to the first post of duty. This incentive is available to new Federal appointees in this position and it only includes the actual costs incurred because of the employee's travel and transportation of household goods to the first post of duty.
Please reference the specific Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards for the Veterinary Medical Officer 0701 Job Series .
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL:
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA web site has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements and submit supporting documentation:
- Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)
- Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT).
- Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduate’s final transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational program, or training program (e.g. Residency or graduate program).
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also submit proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE;
- Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR
- Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.
English language proficiency assessments may also be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e. the official or common language of an individuals country of birth is English) AND they submit a diploma or other official documentation from the school as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs of the school are taught in the English language for the entire three or four years of full-time attendance.
Basic requirements to qualify for positions at the GS-12 or equivalent grade level and above:
- EXPERIENCE: Scientific presentations before professional groups; publication of medical reports in professional journals or publications; participation in seminars, advisory/working groups, and research groups; mastery of clinical medicine; or other related activities that contribute to the advancement of veterinary medical science are positive indicators of the quality of an applicant's experience. However, articles on the care of pets would not be considered professional publications or qualifying specialized experience.
- Education: You must have a master’s degree, from an accredited college, in an area of specialization; or successfully completed two years of an internship, Residency program or fellowship training program in a discipline related to this position. Area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, food safety, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS AND INFORMATION:
Functional Requirements and Environmental Factors
Training As A Condition of Employment (TCOE)
On The Job Training Statement
This position requires a Pre-Employment Physical.
Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation. The position may require a Confidential, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance or be subject to a Public Trust background investigation at the time of appointment, and may be subject to reinvestigation every five years thereafter. A favorable adjudication of the clearance or background investigation at the time of appointment and on reinvestigations is a condition of employment.
You must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts, with your application package, showing your name, the college name and the conferred date of the DVM degree, as proof that you meet the education requirement. If you have not yet graduated, send a copy of your Veterinary transcript to-date. You may apply to this announcement up to six (6) months prior to receiving your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
If selected, you will be required to have the official Veterinary transcripts sent directly from your college, in a sealed envelope or a secure, certified official electronic format, to our Human Resources Operations Division Office (Minneapolis, MN), prior to entering on duty. If you receive a tentative offer for a position, and do not provide official transcripts as specified above, your tentative offer will be withdrawn.
If selected, false documents and statements can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period (unless prior service is creditable).
Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable).
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your first day of work (entry on duty) is verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Our Public Health Veterinarians are valued members of a dynamic team. Most importantly, you are in a pivotal role from day one and your work has visible impact.
- Plan, organize, coordinate and adapt the full range of meat and poultry inspection operations in slaughter and/or processing establishments;
- Ensure establishments meet requirements of the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations;
- Oversee consumer protection, non-food safety concerns such as proper labeling and packaging;
- Work with and may supervise other public health professionals to ensure establishments under our jurisdiction comply with sanitation standards and properly implement systems that control hazards from entering the food supply;
- Enforce the Federal meat and poultry inspection procedures prior to slaughter and throughout the entire establishment, including humane handling, ante-mortem inspection, post-mortem inspection, processing operations, veterinary dispositions, and transportation and distribution of meat, poultry, and egg products to markets and retail stores.