Veterinary Medical Officer

Washington D.C.
Jul 28, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

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This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service, Northeast Area, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Research Animal Services - Veterinary Services Unit, Beltsville, Maryland. The center conducts multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research involving dairy cattle, swine, sheep, poultry and various species of laboratory animals.

The purpose of this position is to provide direct oversight and management to the BARC vivarium (laboratory animal facilities), expertise for oversight of biosafety in animal research, and service and support to BARC scientists using animals in their research programs, Research Animal Services personnel to provide medical, surgical and obstetrical care, and work in concert with the BARC Attending Veterinarian to provide animal welfare and administrative expertise to the Animal Care Compliance Office.

  • Occasional Travel
  • To attend meetings/trainings

  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • 0701 Series Basic Requirements:

    1. Degree: 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 (AVMA) Council on Education. The AVMA web site, (external link), has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.
    2. Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, (external link)for information about schools in this category) must meet one of the following requirements: (a) Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG), (b) 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), (c) 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). In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide 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 can be found in this link:
    Additional Requirements:

    GS-13: You may qualify for the GS-13 in any of the three ways listed below: 1) Ph.D. degree in an area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal medicine, comparative medicine (veterinary immunology, microbiology or pathology), infectious disease or biodefense/biosecurity, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position. 2) Successful completion of 3 years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position such as veterinary microbiology, immunology, or veterinary pathology OR successful completion of all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization. 3)Applicant must demonstrate at least 1 year of experience equivalent to at the least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal Service serving as a Veterinary Medical Officer; providing expertise in veterinary clinical medicine (e.g., examination, surgery, testing, and preventative programs like vaccines); animal facilities management (e.g., daily direction of personnel, knowledge of federal regulations, animal care, and animal well-being assessment) and biosafety oversight in animal research (e.g., established quarantine programs, administer the use of chemicals or organisms that are potentially hazardous or infectious, respectively, to humans and/or animals.

    Board Certification

    Specialty boards that are recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) certify eligible candidates as specialists in specific veterinary medical fields.

    Veterinarians who successfully complete all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization may qualify for the GS-13 grade level.



    Major Duties may include, but are not limited to:
    •Works as a Clinical Veterinarian to provide oversight and daily management of staff and small animal facilities, including a vivarium;

    •Provides managerial and technical assistance to the Attending Veterinarian, and as needed clinical assistance for agricultural species;

    •Ensures that accreditation standards (e.g., SOPs, protocol notebooks, daily animal care notes) are maintained current;

    •Plans, initiates and maintains health programs for laboratory animals;

    •Oversees biosafety and biocontainment aspects of animal research program;

    •Provides expertise for advice on experimental surgical techniques and performs experimental surgical methods to establish procedures ensuring welfare standards.

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