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Job Title:  Supervisory/Veterinary Medical Officer (PHV)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:  VMO-264332-09

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 31, 2012 to Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
many vacancies - USDA Nationwide, US United States
United States Citizens


This position offers an excellent opportunity to seek a greater leadership role and responsibility in public health.  The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a public health regulatory Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). We protect public health by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged. 

**Important Information about this Open Continuous Announcement**

The Open Period of this announcement has been updated (opening and closing dates have been changed).  If you have already applied to this announcement, you do not need to reapply at this time.

This is an open continuous announcement which will be used to collect applications from applicants and will be used to fill vacancies as they become available. 

You will be allowed to complete the online questionnaire and application process only ONCE in a 12 month period.  Your application is valid through the closing date of the announcement unless otherwise notified.

We are not able to predict if or when vacancies will be filled in specific geographic areas.  You will be contacted when a position matching your geographic preference becomes available and you are among the best qualified applicants being considered for a position.  You may select up to ten (10) states/geographic areas for consideration.

• Do you want to make a difference in helping protect our nation’s food supply?

• Are you interested in improving public health?

• Does working in meat and poultry establishments interest you?


FSIS Recruitment Incentives provides details of the current recruitment incentives available.

If you are a new, mid career, or experienced professional interested in a Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) career, this job is for you! Our mission is to protect the consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of meat*, poultry, and egg products moving interstate in commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.  *The “Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008”, also referred to as the “2008 Farm Bill”, was signed into Law on June 18, 2008. The Farm Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.

FSIS operates under the Public Health Human Resources System (PHHRS), a Pay Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project.  For more information click  PHHRS.  The AP-0701-03 is equivalent to GS-9/11 and the AP-0701-04 is equivalent to the GS-12/13. 


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Relevant specialized education (See Qualification/Evaluation)
  • Resume, college transcripts and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (See
  • Completion of the Occupational Questionnaire (See How to Apply)
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation


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FSIS will pay travel and transportation expenses to the first post of duty for our newly hired veterinarians.  This incentive is available to new Federal appointees and only includes the actual costs incurred as a result of the employee's travel and transportation of household goods to the first post of duty. 

Our Public Health Veterinarian's 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 be:

• planning, organizing, coordinating and adapting the full range of meat and poultry inspection operations in slaughter and/or processing establishments;
• ensuring establishments meet requirements of the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations;
• overseeing other consumer protection, non-food safety concerns such as proper labeling and packaging;
• serving as team leader who works with and supervises 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;
• enforcing 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.


The requirement for Training as a Condition of Employment (TCOE) is temporarily suspended.  However, this position does have a training program requirement. If selected, you will be required to complete a 9-week training program at a designated location which may require travel outside the duty location for an extended period. In addition, you will attend 2 weeks of Public Health Information System (PHIS) training. You will not be placed back under Training as a Condition of Employment (TCOE) when that requirement is reinstated.  The Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) methods’ training is necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of a PHV to further the mission of the Office of Field Operations and FSIS

To assist in your understanding the work environment where the majority of our VMO's and Food Inspectors work, click Ante-mortem post-mortem video 


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This position has a specialized education requirement.

You must have a DVM degree (or will receive your DVM degree within the next nine months) from an AVMA accredited veterinary medical school. If you have a degree from a foreign veterinary medical school, that is not accredited by the AVMA, click on this REQUIREMENTS link.  

You will start at either the AP-0701-03 or AP-0701-04.  To qualify at the AP-0701-04, you must have: 

  • At least one year of post DVM specialized professional veterinary experience that demonstrates the ability to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required of the position; or
  • 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 the position.

The Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards can be viewed at

Medical Requirements:  The duties of a PHV are performed in a hazardous working
environment. Therefore, applicants must be physically and mentally able to
efficiently perform the job functions, without hazard to themselves and others.
Specifically, full range of motion is required for rapid repetitive twisting and
working with arms above shoulder level as well as standing and walking on slippery
and uneven floors and catwalks, and climbing stairs and ladders. Applicants must
be able to lift, carry, push and pull up to 44 pounds. Manual dexterity of the upper
body, including arms, hands, and fingers with a normal sense of touch in both hands
are mandatory. In addition, applicants must be free of chronic eye disease, have
good near and distance vision and have the ability to distinguish shades of color.
Any significant degree of color blindness (25 percent or more error rate on
approved color plate test) is disqualifying. The ability to hear and understand
conversational voice is required. The above requirements are not all inclusive.
This position requires that you successfully pass a pre-employment physical.


We will review your resume and transcripts to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate your application package based on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume and your supporting documents. The Questionnaire collects information on your education, training and experiences in the veterinary field. To preview the Questionnaire click  View Occupational Questionnaire  



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Working for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, sick leave and holidays; life insurance; health insurance; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Details of the current recruitment incentives our Agency may be able to offer can be found at Recruitment Incentives.   The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more click here Federal government benefits 


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



Travel:   Some positions will require travel from establishment to establishment
during the work week and/or day.   This position may require travel away from
home for 1 - 5 nights per month.

E-Verify:  FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and Employment Eligibility.

Promotion Opportunity:  If selected at the AP-3 level and the position has promotion potential to the AP-4, you may be promoted to the AP-4, upon completion of 12 months of satisfactory performance.   The majority of our
positions are full performance level AP-4 (GS-12/13); however we do employ some
full performance AP-3 (GS-9/11) veterinarians.  

CTAP/ICTAP eligibility information:  Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For those instances where the best qualified lists include applicants with scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest score on the best qualified list. CTAP and ICTAP eligible's must submit  one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority:  a separation notice; Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50)  noting current position (or position at separation), grade level, and duty location or equivalent that documents separation; a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent); an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Click here for more information.        


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To begin the online application process in USAJOBS, click on the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to sign in or create a new account; submit your resume; submit your applicable supporting documents and complete the Occupational Questionnaire. 


Follow the three steps below to make sure you have a complete application package:


STEP ONE: Submit a detailed resume that includes the information below.


- Detailed work experience relevant to this position including duties and responsibilities; dates/hours worked for each job; research work you performed; credentials; publications; and any other relevant information relating to your veterinary work experience.

- College degrees you have earned

- Current active veterinary licenses

- Vacancy Identification Number 264332  title and pay band(s) for which you are applying

- Full name, mailing address, day and evening telephone numbers and a valid email address


STEP TWO: Complete and Submit the Occupational Questionnaire.


You are encouraged to complete the Occupational Questionnaire Online. If you are unable to complete the questionnaire Online, refer to the “Alternative Methods for Applying” section below for specific instructions. Be sure to check your answers for accuracy before clicking on the "Submit" button. You may take this Occupational Questionnaire assessment only once per year.


STEP THREE: Submit your supporting documents.


- You must submit a copy of your official college transcripts for your DVM degree and for any other advanced degrees earned. You will be required to submit original Official transcripts if you are selected for a position.

- Submit a copy of your active veterinary license(s) if applicable, and if you want the license(s) to be considered with your application package.

- If applicable, submit documents for veteran's preference: DD-214 (Member 4 copy), SF-15, and supporting documents click Feds Hire Vets  

- If you are or have been a Federal employee, please submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action, Form SF-50.  

Alternative Methods for Applying:

- Commissioned Corps Applicants:  Officers on active duty in the Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps, PHS Inactive Reserve Corps Officers, and applicants to the PHS Commissioned Corps, do not apply online.  Please send an electronic resume/curriculum vitae to CAPT Lou Ann Rector at:   Applicants to the Commissioned Corps should also submit a copy of their Commissioned Corps application.  Officers and Corps applicants must submit all materials requested in order to be competitive.  For general information on employment as a Commissioned Corps Officer at FSIS, please contact CAPT Lou Ann Rector at (301)344-0757 or email

- To FAX supporting documents, your cover page must include the Vacancy ID number and your name. The Fax number to submit your  supporting documents is: 1-478-757-3144.To print a copy of the cover page click cover sheet

- Paper application package: If you are unable to apply Online using the internet, please refer to our Contact Information section.


  • Your resume
  • A copy of your DVM transcripts.  If you are selected for a position, you will be required to submit your official DVM transcripts
  • Any applicable supporting documents you want considered with your application package 


Systems Section
Phone: (800)370-3747
Fax: (612)370-2060
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
FSIS Human Resources Office
Butler Square West 4th Floor
100 North Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: (612)370-2060


Once the Online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application package, a Notice of Results will be emailed to you.  Please read it carefully.  If a position becomes available in one of the geographic areas you selected, your application package may be referred to the hiring manager.  After that, your online status will be updated.  To view your status, go to USAJOBS and login and go to "My Account" and in the drop down box click on "Application Status."  

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