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Job Title:Veterinary Medical Officer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24AC-2013-0019

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

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$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 03, 2013 to Friday, January 11, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Oklahoma City, OK, USView Map


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6AC-2013-0011. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid

Serves as a Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) for Animal Care with geographic responsibility for the compliance and enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, within the assigned area.

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


  • U.S. Citizenship


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The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.  The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Schedules and accomplishes all pre-licensing inspections, routine periodic inspections, deficiency follow-up inspections, and special investigations needed in response to leads received on possible violations. Many inspections are accomplished with the assistance of one or more Animal Care Inspectors (ACI). However, the VMO personally performs the most complex and sensitive inspections.
  • Inspected facilities include animal dealers, exhibitors, and research facilities who have applied for a license under the Animal Welfare Act in addition to those currently licensed. The VMO provides a broad professional assessment of the overall treatment of animals at these inspected facilities, consistent with the spirit of the Animal Welfare Act.
  • Inspects research facilities evaluating the qualifications of such professionals to ensure that they have the experience to deal with the management and care of animals located in their facility and the program to ensure it meets all requirements of the Act.
  • Reviews the research protocols of research facilities and addresses the issue of pain and suffering that animals must endure. The VMO must evaluate the extent of such suffering and explore the need for it in relation to the successful accomplishment of the research. The VMO is responsible for ensuring that unnecessary pain and distress is prevented by the proper use of anesthetics, analgesics, tranquilizers, and euthanasia.
  • Enforces the Horse Protection Act, following uniform procedures when inspecting horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. Incumbent is responsible for contacting officials of horse shows, exhibitions, etc. to ensure they understand the law and regulations, and responsibilities of the designated official show veterinarian.
  • Serves as a liaison between the Agency and the general public, and represents the Agency at meetings of industry and other concerned public and private groups and individuals to promote the Animal Welfare and Horse Protection programs.
  • Responds to leads or information obtained from newspaper articles, conversations, etc., or requests by other States, Regional Directors, or Staff, searching for unlicensed dealers, exhibitors, operators of auction sales, unregistered research facilities, carriers, intermediate handlers, laboratories, etc., to determine their status under the Animal Welfare and Horse Protection Acts.
  • Participates in seminars, symposiums, informational and recruiting activities; provides accurate and complete explanations of programs and policies or directs requester to the proper source of information, provides training to individuals and/or groups on the Animal Welfare programs and inspection procedures.


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    To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT 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: 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 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.


    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 and performs routine surgical and post-mortem procedures.
    • Obtains and interprets relevant clinical data and histories of affected animals and associates these with other findings.
    • Serves or served on an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
    • Evaluates and advises the regulated community regarding the humane handling, husbandry, maintenance, transportation, housing, and veterinary care of animals.
    • Ensures compliance with relevant veterinary regulations and laws.

    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.

    Special Conditions:

  • Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Foreign DVM's - See Qualifications section for required paperwork. 
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Must be able to provide a suitable home office in Oklahoma City, OK.
  • 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.

    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.

    To preview questions please click here.


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    Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


    Range for GS-11: $57,408 to $74,628 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)

    Range for GS-12: $68,809 to $89,450 (incl. 14.16% locality pay)


    • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for applicants who are displaced Federal employees click on the link below: Career Transition Assistance Programs
    • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)
      • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be in English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
      • English language proficiency results (Foreign Education)
      • Diplomate certificate or certification of completion of a qualifying internship, residency, or Fellowship in veterinary medicine
      • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)
    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
  • Do I need to submit college transcripts?
  • I attended school at a foreign university. Do I need to submit any additional documents?
  • I am a displaced or surplus Federal employee. What documents do I need to submit?
  • Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders
    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Submit documents which are clear and legible. Illegible documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • 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 fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • If you are using the system generated fax cover sheet, please fax to the number listed on the fax cover sheet.
    • Our online application system is 100% compatible with Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6.0 and above and Mozilla Firefox versions 2.0 and above.
    • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Phone: 612-336-3345
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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