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Job Title:Animal Health Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24VS-2013-0051

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

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$39,749.00 to $57,223.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Wednesday, February 20, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Erie County, NY, 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 #6VS-2013-0064. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


The City location is to be determined in the Erie County area.

Relocation expenses will not be paid. 

The incumbent serves as an Animal Health Technician (AHT) responsible for technical and specialized work involved in a variety of animal health programs within an assigned geographical area in New York state. 

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:

  • Assists Veterinary Medical Officers (VMO) with inspection and testing of livestock, poultry, and other avian species on ranches, farms, auctions, markets, etc., to detect animal diseases and parasites.
  • Supervises cleaning and disinfection of vehicles and premises that are contaminated by disease organisms or as a precautionary measure.
  • Contacts owners of diseased or exposed animals or poultry, and inquires about first appearance of disease, clinical signs, disease progression, and death losses.
  • Inspects livestock moving in interstate commerce for visible evidence of disease and compliance with Federal and State regulations pertaining to interstate and intrastate movements.
  • As required, collects data for the National Animal Health Monitoring System and participates in other animal health surveillance activities, trains and/or provides technical supervision to lower graded technicians.
  • Assists port veterinarians with inspection of animals offered for entry from Canada, including data management.
  • Represents USDA, APHIS, before producer groups, shippers, truckers, county agents, etc. Other duties may include tracing diseased livestock or animals detected with high levels of residues to herds of origin, inspecting food waste feed operations and associated animals on premises, collecting tissue, milk, or cream samples, vaccinating and identifying calves, applying back tags to various species of animals at markets, and inspecting import-export facilities for compliance with requirements.


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

Applicants can qualify by meeting the EDUCATION requirements specified below and/or the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-07 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of eighteen (18) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university. Qualifying graduate courses include: agribusiness, agricultural chemistry, agricultural development, agricultural economics, agricultural education, animal breeding, animal genetics, animal health, animal nutrition, animal physiology, animal products, animal reproduction, animal science, animal toxicology, animal welfare, biological and agricultural engineering, beef cattle production, dairy herd management, dairy marketing, equine production, farm management, feeding management, meat science, physiology of lactation, poultry science, ruminant nutrition, swine production, and wildlife and fisheries sciences.  

OR SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-08 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of twenty-seven (27) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university. Qualifying graduate courses include: agribusiness, agricultural chemistry, agricultural development, agricultural economics, agricultural education, animal breeding, animal genetics, animal health, animal nutrition, animal physiology, animal products, animal reproduction, animal science, animal toxicology, animal welfare, biological and agricultural engineering, beef cattle production, dairy herd management, dairy marketing, equine production, farm management, feeding management, meat science, physiology of lactation, poultry science, ruminant nutrition, swine production, and wildlife and fisheries sciences.  

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
  • SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7/8 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. 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:

    • Collecting samples and conducting serologic testing on livestock and poultry.
    • Interpreting and applying Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations regarding animal health.
    • Documenting and reporting results of investigations to supervisor and other involved parties.
    • Using disease prevention, control, and eradication techniques as part of an animal health program.

    COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-7/8 GRADE LEVELS: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Technical and Medical Support Positions

    Special Conditions:

    • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
    • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
    • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
    • Valid state driver's license is required at the time of application.
    • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
    • 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:
    • 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.)


    • 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 technical and administrative skills – use computer programs and other documentation modalities to report work at the ports, on farms and in livestock markets.
      • Ability to deal effectively with abnormal animal, livestock and poultry conditions both of foreign and domestic origin – participate in livestock surveillance and sampling processes in various settings.
      • Knowledge of animal, livestock and poultry regulatory requirements and enforcement techniques including quarantine and import/export requirements – apply regulatory standards to animal owners and handlers in international and local marketing situations.
      • Knowledge of the Animal Identification Program and related methods, techniques and procedures – check animal identification on animals and troubleshoot how to correct situations where animal ID is not applied, misapplied or improperly recorded. Discuss regulations with stakeholders.
      • Knowledge of Animal Welfare, Horse Protection and related husbandry methods, techniques and regulatory requirements – Understand livestock industry in assigned area, work with producers regarding livestock movement, housing, and biosecurity and disease control practices.
      • Communication Skills-Interpersonal, Oral and Written – Gain cooperation with people who are often averse to being regulated, educate the public and other stakeholders regarding APHIS programs.  Document work activity.
      • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and lead others – Employee will work largely alone and set own schedule to meet shifting demands and deadlines.  Must be able to plan out days and weeks to get the job done.
    • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
    • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
    • 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.

    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-7: $39,749 to $51,677 (incl. 16.98% locality pay)

    Range for GS-8: $44,021 to $57,223 (incl. 16.98% locality pay)

    This salary range does not reflect the general pay increase scheduled for April 2013. 


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: 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 (you will be prompted to complete these questions during the online application process)
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (see links under Required Documents for more information)

    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:
  • College Transcripts or List of Coursework - MUST be English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • Foreign Degree Evaluation (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) and other Veterans' documents (Veterans Preference)
  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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


    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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