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Job Title:  Animal Health Technician
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Medical Command
Job Announcement Number:  NCNAFFR13886823

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$10.81 to $14.00 / Per Hour
Friday, May 03, 2013 to Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Intermittent - Intermittent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Fort Shafter, HI United StatesView Map
US Citizens and Non Citizens


US Army Veterinary Services operates as a subsidiary of Public Health Command. Their mission is to provide military veterinary services in support of United States Army Medical Command and Department of Defense missions. The civilian function of the Veterinary Services is a supplemental mission which exists to assist soldiers and their families in the field of animal health and care.

This is a FLEX (Flexible) 00 position at the Fort Shafter, Veterinary Treatment Facility.


The  Applicant is expected to perform duties of a veterinary technician; a certified veterinary technician is preferred. Duties include but are not limited to: basic examination and vaccination of pets, appropriate medical record keeping, assisting the veterinarian in running a room, including loading the room and filling prescriptions, client education, inducing and monitoring animals under anesthesia, collecting blood, urine, and fecal samples from pets, preparing animals for surgery, processing surgery packs, taking radiographs, processing lab samples, assisting the veterinarian with minor procedures, and other duties as assigned. Applicant will be expected to fill in for receptionist as needed, and is expected to assist with maintaining clinic inventory, general cleanliness of clinic, and stocking of exam and treatment rooms and laboratory. Applicant must have excellent customer service skills and must have the ability to work well with co-workers in a small team. Applicant must be a motivated self-starter and must be able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision. The VTF operates Monday through Friday 08:00-1600, and typically runs one technician (15 minute appointments) and one veterinarian room (15-30 minute appointments with technician assisting) at a time. The VTF sees wellness examinations, vaccination appointments, and minor sick calls, and approximately once weekly surgical/anesthetic procedures.



  • Direct Deposit is required
  • Social Security card is required


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Assists veterinary personnel in providing care, management, treatment, and sanitary conditions for animals in a veterinary treatment facility. Positions and restrains animals for examination and treatment. Obtains medical history from owners or other responsible individuals. Measures and records animals' weight, temperature, pulse, and respiratory rate. Performs general physical examination of animals to detect obvious abnormalities and records and reports results to the veterinarian. Collects, preserves, and prepares blood, urine, feces, skin scrapings, postmortem tissue specimens, etc., for shipment and/or laboratory examination. Performs routine diagnostic laboratory tests (e.g., fecal smears and flotations, urinalyses, blood counts, etc.) and records results. Prepares animal for surgery as directed and functions as scrub assistant during aseptic surgical procedures. Administers oral, topical, and parenteral medications, treatments, and immunizations as directed by the veterinarian. Provides owner/handler with prescribed medications and treatment instructions. Provides emergency treatment as required. Annotates appropriate information in animal records and maintains them as required.

Performs a variety of administrative and clerical functions. Utilizes office automation program for the daily operation of the clinic. Answers the telephone and schedules appointments in the appropriate time slots for vaccinations, sick call, and surgery. Greets and receives clients. Initiates, maintains, and files animal health records. Receives and processes Government of Japan Quarantine paperwork. Calculates charges and receives monies from clients. Maintains an accurate accountability of all monies and completes daily activity reports. Responds to customer inquiries and concerns, providing general information. Directs animal health questions to the veterinarian. Assists in inventory control and ordering as directed.


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Work experience directly related to the duties required in the position and which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform successfully the duties identified.

Best Qualified Criteria: Applicants with prior experience using Veterinary practice management software (i.e. AVImark).

Conditions of employment:

1. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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 the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment. The U.S. Department of Army is an E-Verify Participant.

3. All required background check of AR 215-3 must be successfully completed and maintained. Satisfactory completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) that will be initiated prior to appointment to a NAF position.;to include a health assessment is required.

4. Occassional requirement to work evenings/Saturdays.

5. Social Security Card must be presented at time of appointment.


Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies

  • Minimum Qualifications, Previous experience using Veterinary practice management software, Skill in Veterinary Processes, Verbal and Written Communication.


  Applicants meeting the best qualified criteria will be referred first to the Selecting Official.   All other applicants will be referred for consideration if the certificate (referral list) is returned with no selection.

Applicants that have indicated they are not available for the weekend/shift duty outlined in this announcement will not be referred and considered ineligible for consideration.


Please Note: Multiple selections can be made from this recruitment should additional vacancies occur during the announcement and selection period.

Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.




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NAF Flexible employees are not eligible for participation in the Army NAF benefit plans.

Conversion of employment category (from Flex to RPT/RFT) may be accomplished without further competition in accordance with AR 215-3.


To successfully claim veteran's preference, your resume/supplemental data must clearly show your entitlement. Please review the information listed under the Other Requirements link on this announcement or review our on-line Job Application Kit.

Upload under DD-214

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.

To claim Military Spouse Preference you must have been married to the sponsor prior to the reporting date on the orders.

Upload Sponsors Orders and Marriage Certificate under Other.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

The Department of Army Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities are an equal opportunity employer.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date reflected on the announcement.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Please Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: After applying, return to Application Manager or your member account in USAJOBS to see the status of your application, including any messages that may have been sent to you.


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page using the following 886823

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


Please Note: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire. Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire restarts with number one, so when entering your responses please continue regardless on number sequence. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.


Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been process by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.


The following documents are required:

TAG:Accepted/Required Docs

Résumé or Optional Application for Nonappropriated Employment (DA 3433/DA3433-1). 

  • Questionnaire must be completed.
  • Veterans' and Involuntary Separated Military Preference documentation (DD-214 member 4 copy or equivalent) required. Upload under DD-214
  • DOD NAF employee separated by a business-based action. A copy of the Separation DA Form 3434(or equivalent) must be provided to verify your claim. This priority consideration is authorized for up to one year from separation. This priority is separate and apart from the Reemployment Priority List (RPL) priority placement program.

  • Current or Former NAF Employee. A Copy of your most recent DA3434 (or equivalent) must be provided to verify your claim. This does not include emergency hire FLEX service, but includes any other service with a DOD NAFI.

    Current Appropriated Fund (APF) Employee. You must have been serving in a position without time limits and have served continuously for at least 1 year in an Army APF position. Current APF employees are deemed to have Current/Former NAF employee status. Your most recent SF-50 must be provided to verify your claim.

    PCS Orders or equivalent for Military Spouses requesting Spouse Employment Preference (SEP) required. 

A copy of the marriage certificate may be required if the applicants name is not listed on the Sponsors orders. Documents may be uploaded under other.

Certificates, licenses and additional documentation as outlined in the qualifications of this announcement must be submitted.

Use this checklist to make sure you've submitted everything!


Army Ft Sam Houston NAF HRO
Phone: (210)221-0639
Agency Information:
Fort Shafter Veterinary Treatment Facility
435 Pierce Rd
Fort Shafter, HI


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.  If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for the position.  Please follow all instructions carefully; errors and omissions may affect your eligibility. 

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