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Job Title:Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24VS-2013-0066

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$86,575.00 to $141,726.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 19, 2013 to Tuesday, April 02, 2013




Full-Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Miami, FL, USView Map
Newburgh, 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-2013-0080. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


One vacancy will be filled in Miami, FL and one vacancy will be filled in Newburgh, NY.


The position serves to direct import and export activity at a Veterinary Services animal import quarantine facility (AIC). The incumbent serves as the Director of the AIC, managing and advising on the complex veterinary medical issues and situations associated with the import/export of livestock, birds, animal products and genetic materials.

The incumbent may also direct import/export activities at an air or sea port, or various other import/export operation.  As Director, the incumbent provides administrative leadership and technical advice and guidance to the veterinary medical staff at the Animal Import Center, regarding the application of prescribed quarantine procedures and the proper care and maintenance of the animals in quarantine, as well as technical expertise in the interpretation of applications of governing rules and regulations. 

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:

  • The incumbent develops and oversees the veterinary medical program delivered at the AIC and evaluates the effectiveness of the program. The employee develops procedures and guidelines for use by the center staff and provides professional advice and guidance on unusually complex situations relating to the control of infectious and communicable diseases, parasites and disease vectors of livestock and poultry.
  • The incumbent oversees the activities of the veterinarians, animal health technicians, animal caretakers, etc. at assigned facilities, assuring proper animal husbandry, animal movement, and bio-security practices are being followed during the quarantine periods and that proper protocol is followed.
  • As the center director, the employee develops and executes an annual budget based solely on user fees as the source of income. Based on estimated revenue and projected work, makes decisions on manpower needs and employee utilization to maintain the fiscal and operational integrity of the center.
  • As an agency expert in the import and export of livestock and poultry, animal products and genetic materials, the incumbent serves as a consultant and advisor to top level agency managers, including the VS Deputy Administrator.  
  • As an agency authority in the import and export of livestock and poultry, the incumbent participates in the development of agency policy and procedure.
  • Assists Veterinary Services leaders in directing and monitoring national import/export operations to detect and control disease which may be introduced as a result of the international movement of animals and birds and to assess effectiveness of quarantine and related procedures.
  • Serves as an agency expert in the medical and procedural issues related to import/export and represents Veterinary Services in meeting with industry and state and foreign government officials.
  • Organizes and conducts extensive educational programs for international government officials, brokers, animal owners and the general public, to encourage adherence to animal and bird quarantine requirements.
  • Assists investigative federal or state agencies, in investigations of international shipments of disease animals requiring case presentations to law enforcement on violations of US rules, regulations and laws. 


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by 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 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-13/14 GRADE LEVELS: 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:

  • Deciding or recommending coursed of action regarding import/export policies, emergent animal health situations, and humane treatment or care of animals.
  • Supervising subordinate staff in various technical, administrative and professional fields including evaluating work, counseling employees, and administering disciplinary action.
  • Applying quarantine, disease control and eradication, and regulatory requirements and procedures to import and export operations.
  • Advising top level managers on a variety of complex veterinary issures related to import/export and associated international trade issues. 
  • Coordinating and implementing developments in import/export and disease control procedures on local, regional, and national levels. 
  • Overseeing the operational and facilities related aspects of an import/export operation.

OR EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of a Ph.D. 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-13 GRADE LEVEL: Successful completion of three 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-13 grade level. OR

BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL: 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. Applicants who have successfully completed all the requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization should provide a copy of the certificate documenting the attainment of this status in order to qualify for the GS-13 grade level.


Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
  • Foreign DVM's - See Qualifications section for required paperwork. 
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period.
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.
  • 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.)
  • 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. 

    • 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.
      • Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing others, Human Capital Management, Leveraging Diversity and Other Supervisory Competencies 
      • General Veterinary and Microbiology Skills and Accomplishments
      • 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
      • Knowledge of the Animal Identification Program and related Methods, Techniques and Procedures
      • Knowledge of and Skill in Animal Disease and Biologics Epidemiology 
      • Knowledge of the regulations, policies and procedures for the importation of animal products, animal by-products, related risk materials and the handling of international garbage
    • Your final rating 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


    Miami, FL

    Range for GS-13: $86,575 to $112,546 (incl. 20.79% locality pay)

    Range for GS-14: $102,306 to $132,995 (incl. 20.79% locality pay),

    Newburgh, NY

    Range for GS-13: $92,259 to 119,935 (incl. 28.72% locality pay)

    Range for GS-14: $109,022 to 141,726 (incl. 28.72% 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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