To meet the requirements of the position you must demonstrate the following Experience AND Education for this GS-12 position: (Transcripts required)
Experience: I have 1 year of progressively responsible professional veterinary experience equivalent to the GS-11 level or higher in the Federal service that included applying scientific principles to areas related to animal health; analyzing scientific data regarding animal drugs or food ingredients to document the safety and effectiveness of new animal drugs; and assisting with scientific assessment to protect animal and human health.
Education: Master's degree in an 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 obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA) . (Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education - you must refer to the Foreign Education section below for specific requirements that must be met.)
To meet the requirements of the position you must demonstrate the following Experience AND Education for this GS-13 position: (Transcripts required)
Experience: I have 1 year of progressively responsible professional veterinary experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service that included applying scientific principles to areas related to animal health; integrating data and information from a variety of sources to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new animal drugs; and analyzing animal drug and food labels to ensure its validity.
Education: A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent degree, obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA) . (Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education - you must refer to the Foreign Education section below for specific requirements that must be met.)
You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.
Failure to provide any of the above will result in an ineligible rating.
Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, http://www.avma.org for information about schools in this category) 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. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:
1. 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;
2. 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;
3. 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.
Conditions of Employment:
1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.
6. One-year probationary period may be required.
7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No
8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
9. Drug Screening Required: No
10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: No
11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position and/or your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.
For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: This announcement is being posted using a government-wide direct hire authority (DHA). Under DHA, all qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. While veterans' preference does not apply in DHA, veterans are encouraged to submit their documentation.
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