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Job Title:Veterinary Medical Officer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-12-616071-JC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$86,206.00 to $113,496.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 29, 2012 to Wednesday, March 28, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Portland, OR United StatesView Map
1 vacancy - Lacey, WA United StatesView Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens


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Lacey, WA Pay Scale: $87,306-$113,496

Portland, OR Pay Scale: $86,260 - $112,136

This position is a Veterinary Medical Officer, GS-0701-13 located in either Lacey, Washington or Portland, Oregon (see above for applicable pay scales). As a Veterinary Medical Officer you will serve as the Program Manager of the Pacific Region's Fish Health Program. The Region's fish health program provides valuable support services that contribute to health, survival, restoration, and enhancement of fish and other aquatic species. You will work with Fish Health Center staff to identify and implement efficiencies, prioritize workload, integrate work with other programs and partners, and address changing conditions.This position will supervise Fish Health Center field offices currently located in Ahsahka, Idaho; Lacey, Washington; and Willard, Washington.


For more information on the Service's Fish Health Program, please visit:


This position is also being announced as interdisciplinary as a Supervisory Fish Biologist, GS-0482. Both series are announced under open competitive procedures (open to all U.S. citizens) and under merit promotion procedures (Open to current career or career-conditional federal employees; former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; persons eligible under Federal Special Hire Authorities, veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), and CTAP/ICTAP eligibles [displaced federal employees within the local commuting area].)


If you would like to be considered under a different announcement refer to the following:

Merit Promotion - Supervisory Fish Biologist, GS-0482, Announcement: R1-12-611242-JC

Competitive - Supervisory Fish Biologist, GS-0482, Announcement: R1-12-616056-JC

Merit Promotion - Veterinary Medical Officer, GS-0701, Announcement: R1-12-616106-JC


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Transcripts required with application (See How to Apply)
  • Supervisory Probationary Period
  • Valid driver's license


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 1.  Develops and Implements a strategic vision for the Region’s Fish Health program including workforce analysis; addresses emerging issues such as climate impacts; and identifies and implements strategies to ensure effective fish health center operations.

2. Provides consistent and uniform leadership and direction to the Region’s Fish Health Centers. Provides program guidance and direction to ensure fish health program integration and consistency with Regional and National Service priorities.

4.  Coordinates with Service partners, tribes, other federal agencies, states, non-governmental organizations and private aquaculture on aquatic animal health topics.

5. Provides guidance and oversight for the Region's Wild Fish Health Survey Program.

6. Represents the Regional Director and Assistant Regional Director at professional meetings, conferences, and other forums related to aquatic animal health.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. .

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 Council on Education (AVMA).  The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.  AVMA website:


2.  Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet one of the following requirements: (Refer to AVMA web site for information about schools in this category.)

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); OR
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.  An AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college in the United States must have accepted the 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 are shown below:

a) 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.
b) 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
c) 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.

Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application.  Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.

Waiver Provision:
English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individual's country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.



In addition to the basix requirement listed above, to qualify for the GS-13 grade level the applicant can do so by either 1) Education, 2) One year of specialized experience, 3) Residency/Post-Graduate Training Programs, or 4) Board Certification.


To qualify at the GS-13 grade level on the basis of education, applicants must successfully complete a Ph.D. degree in any of the following specialties or related sciences: 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.


To qualify at the GS-13 grade level on the basis of residency/post-graduate training programs, applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to aquatic animal health.


To qualify at the GS-13 grade level on the basis of specialized experience the applicant must describe in their resume one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Specialized experience is defined as:

1. Programmatic responsibility for fish health activities that included formulating new fish health policy; AND

2. Serving as a recognized authority for fish health issues; AND

3. Implementing or preparing fish health management plans.


To qualify for the GS-13 level based on 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.

Such specialties may include, but are not limited to, veterinary toxicology, laboratory animal medicine, poultry veterinary medicine, theriogenology, veterinary anesthesiology, veterinary behaviorists, veterinary clinical pharmacology, veterinary dermatology, veterinary emergency and critical care, veterinary internal medicine, veterinary microbiology, veterinary nutrition, veterinary ophthalmology, veterinary pathology, veterinary preventive medicine, veterinary radiology, veterinary medicine, and veterinary dentistry.

NOTE: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify (including current and former employees) must submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. Even if you are in or have previously held a position in the series, you must submit the required documents to be considered for this position.

If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, you must submit written course descriptions from the school (e.g., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description verified by the school) for those classes to be credited.

All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Must serve one-year initial probationary period.

Must serve one-year supervisory probationary period.

Valid driver's license.

Direct deposit of salary payment.

Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.
If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:






We will then place you in one of three categories:

Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category

Well Qualified: Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

Best Qualified: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

Application of Veterans’ Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For more information about these benefits, please visit

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will be authorized for current Federal employees in accordance with P.L. 89-516 and appropriate Federal regulations. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection.



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You must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link  The vacancy ID for this job is 616071. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:


1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and


2. Print this OPM Form OPM 1203 fx to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and


3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement, the following documents are required:

1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume must contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire

3. Transcripts are required.

4. Veteran’s documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA letter, as appropriate), if applicable;

5. Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable. CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the definition of well-qualified will be referred. See you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position. No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference 616071.




Jessica F. Clarkson
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11 Ave
Portland, OR


Once you submit the online Occupational Questionnaire successfully, you will receive an email acknowledging your submission was received.

After the vacancy closes, a review of your application will be made. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include on any correspondence your full name and vacancy number (
616071) in any communication regarding this job. Please inform us of any changes in your contact information. If you decide you do not wish to be considered for the position, please notify us to withdraw your name. If we're not able to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you.

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