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    • 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. 

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    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.  

    You will:

    • 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.
    • Consult with union officials, plant management and discusses with subordinates new or revised regulations, policies and procedures;
    • Maintain meaningful labor-management relationships with subordinates by representing and expressing managements viewpoints to daily communications;
    • Promote EEO and Safety principles/programs, train subordinates, assign and review work, evaluate and rate performance, counsel employees on performance, resolve complaints and grievances, recommend disciplinary action as necessary.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel requirements are dependent on specific positions and may vary. Relief positions require additional travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Successful completion of a background investigation
    • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical
    • Training as a condition of employment
    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional degree.
    • DVM transcript must show your name, college name, & date degree awarded


    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.

    •  Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.


    Please reference the specific Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards for the Veterinary Medical Officer  0701 Job Series .


    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) (Completion of ECFVG program)
    • 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 QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL - You must meet the basic requirements for the GS-11 grade level to qualify for positions at the GS-12 grade level.  Qualification requirements for the GS-12 grade level and above are:

    1.  EXPERIENCE: Mastery of clinical medicine (veterinary practice experience); scientific presentations before professional groups; publication of medical reports in professional journals or publications; participation in seminars, advisory/working groups, and research groups; 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.


    2.  EDUCATION: Master’s degree conferred 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.


    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional degree is required. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine transcript must show your name, college name, and date degree was awarded.

    Additional information

    Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an Executive Agency of the Federal Government. For More Information

    If selected for a position with further promotion potential, you are placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

    Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

    Per Public Law 104-134, all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

    This position has the potential for mandatory overtime, weekend and holiday work, variable tours of duty, travel and other work life challenges.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The Office of Personnel Management has granted Direct Hire Authority government-wide for Veterinary Medical Officer Positions. There is a critical hiring need in severe shortage locations and these positions play an important role in protecting the nation’s food supply. This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements. For more information: Incentives

    Prior to issuing a list of best qualified applicants, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure that you meet the qualification requirements for the grade(s) selected.

    • Applicants are not rated or ranked numerically. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide complete information about their job-related experience and education.  Your resume must document that you meet the Qualification Requirements detailed above.
    • Applicants who meet the qualifications and requirements, and have selected the geographic location of the vacant position, will be referred to the selecting official in last name order.
    • Veteran’s preference does not apply due to the existence of the Direct Hire authority for this position. Applicants are still strongly encouraged to provide documentation related to veterans preference.
    Since applicants are not rated or ranked, we recommend that applicants demonstrate possession of the following skills and competencies within the body of their resume for review by Selecting Official; no separate statements addressing them are required.
    1. Communication Skills – The ability to listen effectively, demonstrate understanding, clarify meaning for others, and speak with clarity and precision; to communicate with a diverse audience; and to write clearly and concisely.
    2. Leadership - The ability to organize tasks and to lead people effectively; to guide and coach others to improve their skills and achieve challenging goals; to inspire and motivate others; and to solicit and consider others’ opinions. The ability and willingness to make recommendations to improve inspection systems or procedures; demonstrate a strong work ethic, meet commitments, and seek out and accomplish professional development activities. 
    3. Facilitation Skills/Negotiation - The ability to facilitate productive meetings or groups, generating discussion and involvement from others, achieving mutually beneficial resolutions to issues, bringing conflicts toward resolution by bringing issues into the open and attempting to resolve them in a collaborative manner, and giving fair consideration to everyone’s views.
    4. Problem Solving/Judgment - The ability to gather, examine, and interpret information from different sources to generate or evaluate effective solutions to problems and make sound decisions to generate alternate approaches to solving problems when needed to be aware of the likely consequences and implications of decisions, generate and implement new and useful ideas, “think outside the box,” explore alternatives, take risks and try new approaches.
    5. Planning/Time Management - The ability to plan and organize time in order to work both productively and efficiently as well as to maximize the quantity and quality of work; and to set priorities, determine long-term vs. short-term priorities, and complete assigned tasks within schedule constraints.

    To view the application form, visit: https://fsis.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid=062E4877-6CCB-4DC8-9AA3-A3A30113D9FB

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

      • Provide specific and detailed information about work experience and job duties.
      • Include all starting and ending dates for each job you have held (month/year) and note if you worked full-time or part-time hours for the job.
      • List any licenses you hold and college degrees you have earned, including the type of degree and where earned.  If you are qualifying for the GS-12 grade level, based on a Masters degree, you must submit a legible copy of your Masters degree transcripts with your application package.  The transcript must show your name, the college name and the conferred degree, as proof that you meet the grade requirement.  
    NOTE: If selected, the information provided within resume/application package will determine certain recruitment incentives.
      • You must submit a legible copy of your college DVM transcripts, with your application package, showing your conferred DVM degree, as proof that you meet the education requirement.  If you are submitting unofficial transcripts, ensure that your name and the name of the college appears on the transcript.  
      • Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must submit required documents (e.g., proof of ECFVG certification completion; or copy of Veterinary license; or Letter documenting acceptance into an advanced degree, post graduate, residency or graduate program at an AVMA accredited veterinary medical school; AND an English proficiency score report documenting required acceptable minimum scores, from TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL) that prove basic qualification for this position as stated in OPM’s qualification standards.
      • If you are applying (up to six months) prior to completing your DVM degree, you must submit transcripts, with your name and the school name on them, showing you are currently enrolled in the DVM program.     
    • IF APPLICABLE, you may submit a copy of current veterinary licenses (e.g., a license to practice veterinary medicine conferred by a state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners); or a certificate (e.g., Diplomat in a specialty area of veterinary medicine, completion of a qualifying internship, residency, or Fellowship in veterinary medicine)
    • IF APPLICABLE, CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTS: To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, surplus or displaced Federal employee must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and be rated and determined to be well-qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. 
    NOTE: If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: Click Here

    We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information please visit: PSLF Program

    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.

    To review the Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual (CSALA) information, please click here:  CSALA   To receive consideration for CSALA, it’s extremely important that your resume thoroughly details your work experience and the time frame (months/years and average number of hours worked per week) in which that work was performed.  All CSALA determinations must be made prior to your entrance on duty as retroactive adjustments cannot be made. 

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and the instructions before you begin. The following instructions outline our application process.

    • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically.
    • We are available to assist you during normal business hours.
      • Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office for an alternate method.
      • All electronic and hardship application packages with supporting documents must be complete to be considered.
    • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not already have one) at www.usajobs.gov. It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

    Step 2: In your USAJOBS account, you will have the opportunity to select your stored USAJOBS resume, create a new resume or upload a resume, and upload other relevant documents. All uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). See "Required Documents" for details.  Select the document you want to submit.

    Step 3:
    Click "Apply Online," answer all required questions, verify the documents you selected from USAJobs transferred into the Agency’s staffing system, and attach any additional documents that may not have transferred or be required. You must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts, with your application package, showing your conferred DVM degree, as proof that you meet the educational requirement.  If you have not yet graduated, submit your current transcript.    
    NOTE: It is an applicant’s responsibility to submit updated information. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Simply log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.

    You must submit a complete Application Package including your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree transcript and your resume. It is your responsibility to ensure required documents are received. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions or documents, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    Officers on active duty in the Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps and applicants to the PHS Commissioned Corps do not apply on-line. All Commissioned Corps active duty officers and applicants, please send all materials requested in this vacancy announcement (or their equivalent), cover letter, curriculum vitae, and last 3 COERS (active duty officers) or a copy of your Commissioned Corps application (Corps applicants) to CDR Malaysia Gresham Harrell, USDA-FSIS Commissioned Corps Liaison: Malaysia.Harrell@fsis.usda.gov; (301) 504-4249. You may also contact CDR Harrell for general information on employment as a PHS Commissioned Corps Officer at FSIS.

    Agency contact information

    Linda Hicke, Human Resources Operations Division










    USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Butler Square West 4th Floor, 100 North Sixth ST
    Minneapolis, MN, 55403
    Learn more about this agency

    The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency responsible for ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.

    USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. It's ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" by the Partnership for Public Service (Best Places to Work Rankings). Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience. For more information on USDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Service, visit FSIS.

    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 difficult-to-staff locations.

    Next steps

    If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were qualified and/or referred to the selecting official for consideration, and  3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. 

    Application packages may or may not be reviewed for eligibility prior to a vacancy being identified in specific cities. If it is determined that you are qualified, that does not mean there is an open position in your geographic location(s). 

    You will be contacted directly if further evaluation or an interview is required.  Ensure that your email address and phone number are accurate on your resume and in your application package.  

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/382487500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.