To qualify, you must meet all qualification and time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this 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 web site has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA web site: http://www.avma.org OR
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 http://www.avma.org 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 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.
APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS QUALIFY AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL.
IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of progressively responsible, professional veterinary experience that demonstrates the ability to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required of the position being filled. Experience must be equivalent to the next lower Federal grade level. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.
Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
- Conducts physical examinations of animals; performs routine diagnostic and post-mortem procedures; collects tissue samples for diagnostic purposes.
- Obtains and interprets relevant clinical data and histories of animals affected or exposed to various diseases.
- Completes epidemiological investigations to identify disease presence and distribution (spatial and temporal).
- Provides technical expertise in implementing effective bio-security and disease control measures to mitigate disease spread.
- Evaluates and advises the regulated community regarding the humane handling, husbandry, maintenance, transportation, housing, and veterinary care of animals.
- Effectively communicates with a wide range of individuals to gain cooperation and encourage compliance with animal health and disease control programs.
OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of a 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 other sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position. Education must be obtained from an accredited college or university. Must submit transcripts if qualifying based on education. OR
RESIDENCY/POST GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THE GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of two years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position. Applicants should provide a certificate or letter documenting the completion of this program in order to qualify for the GS-12 grade level.
Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
Foreign DVM's - See Qualifications section for required paperwork.
As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
Travel may be required.
The work involves strenuous physical demands to handle and restrain livestock, which includes defending against physical attack by confused or distressed livestock or similar size animals confined in cramped stalls or similar accommodations.
There is exposure to discomforts and disease conditions and agents, some of which are highly contagious, infectious , noxious, and communicable to humans. Special clothing, equipment, and other safeguards are required.
We understand that accepting a position with Veterinary Services may require the need for spousal career placement assistance. To help you and your family make a successful career transition, Veterinary Services is dedicated to providing information on career placement assistance. Please visit the following web links for more information: http://www.job-hunt.org/jobs/states.shtml http://www.job-hunt.org/state_unemployment_offices.shtml
This position is subject to unscheduled overnight details of undetermined lengths in the event of animal health emergencies or other conditions requiring immediate response, as required by the Agency. (Extensive periods of time may be designated for overnight details.)
Individuals 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Direct Hire Authority has been granted government-wide for Veterinary Medical Officer positions due to a severe shortage of candidates. This authority permits hiring without regard to certain competitive requirements. Your application will be reviewed to confirm you possess the education and/or experience described in the qualifications section. The vacancy specific questions are to obtain more information about your experience relative to the job being filled. Your resume must: 1. Support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Qualifications section above, unless you are eligible based on the substitution of education for experience. 2. Include dates of employment and a detailed description of each position held.
Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
- General Veterinary and Microbiology Skills and Accomplishments
- Communication Skills-Interpersonal, Oral and Written
- Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, lead others and manage Programs/Projects
- Ability to diagnose and treat abnormal Animal, Livestock, Bird, and Poultry conditions and Contagious Diseases
- Knowledge of Animal Regulatory Requirements, inspection, diagnostic and enforcement techniques including Quarantine, Biologics, and Importing/Exporting
- Knowdege of the Animal Identification Program and related methods, techniques and procedures
- Knowledge of and skill in Animal Disease and Biologics Epidemiology
Your final rating will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
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- If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.