Veterinary Medical Officer
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform portions of the work. However, there is periodic walking, standing, bending, carrying items such as research records, instructional material, books, manuals, and laptop computer. No special physical demands are required to perform the work, however, travel forms a significant component of the program. Duties also include physical inspections of active research laboratories and animal housing facilities.
Medical Requirements: Must be physically and mentally able to safely and efficiently perform the full range of duties of the position without creating hazards to themselves or others.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement and current employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA).
1. 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).
2. Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements. 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 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.
3. Possess a current, permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State or US territory.
Additional Qualifications - In addition to meeting the education requirement, you must have specialized experience or directly related education as described below.
Specialized experience must demonstrate the ability of the applicant to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required for the position. Only experience gained after completing the basic education requirements is creditable. Experience gained at a pet veterinary clinic with species commonly used in research does not count towards meeting specialized experience requirements.
GS-13 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: assisting in the development of programs related to laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security; auditing compliance review processes; conducting program assessments, identifying problems, and providing recommendations for improvement; evaluating new or modified legislation to determine the impact on program; consulting with stakeholders and interest groups to develop proposals to major health research compliance issues.
GS-14 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: developing research compliance policies, procedures and strategies related to laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security; leading on-site and remote compliance oversight reviews; auditing compliance review processes; conducting program assessments, identifying problems, and providing recommendations for improvement; monitoring research progress as corrective plans are implemented; evaluating new or modified legislation to determine the impact on program; consulting with stakeholders and interest groups to develop proposals to major health research compliance issues and presenting results through presentations and or/publications.
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-13 level. To qualify at the GS-13 grade level on the basis of education, applicants must successfully complete relevant graduate study or a dual DVM/graduate degree as described below:
Ph.D. degree in an area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, 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.
Residency/Post-Graduate Training Programs: Residency or post-graduate training programs require two to five years of study in a specific discipline or specialty. Successful completion of such training qualifies the job applicant for the following grade levels:
GS-13: Three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
GS-14: Four years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
Board Certification: Board certification demonstrated by ACLAM Diplomate status is creditable with specialized experience or residency and post-graduate training towards meeting the grade level requirements. ACLAM Diplomate status is creditable as follows:
GS-13: ACLAM Diplomate status and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or 3 years of progressively responsible training in an ACLAM- approved internship, residency program, or fellowship training program.
GS-14: ACLAM Diplomate status and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or 4 years of progressively responsible training in an ACLAM- approved internship, residency program, or fellowship training program.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript to receive credit for that education.
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.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.
After you have met the minimum qualifications and been referred you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:
- Ability to lead on-site and remote compliance reviews in the area of laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security;
- Ability to conduct program assessments to identify noncompliance in laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security programs;
- Ability to prepare draft reports and correspondence that include examples of noncompliance, and identify corrective actions required for resolution;
- Knowledge of auditing compliance review processes;
- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals of varied backgrounds and educational levels.
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