Veterinary Medical Officer (Epidemiology)
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:6VS-2013-0162
$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Monday, August 12, 2013 to Monday, August 19, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full-Time – Permanent
1 vacancy – Greensboro, NC, US
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current federal employees in the local commuting area of Greensboro, NC with competitive status, reinstatement eligibles and others under special hiring authorities. Go to the following website for a list of these authorities: Special Hiring Authorities (Applicants NOT in these groups should apply to Case Exam vacancy announcement # 24VS-2013-0143.
Relocation expenses will not be paid
Typical assignments involve, but are not limited to: (1) planning, coordinating, adapting, and modifying medical and program procedures to deal with animals, aquatic species, birds, and poultry infected with or exposed to contagious diseases; (2) developing and recommending new procedures and practices for properly releasing, retaining, or quarantining problem animals; (3) inspecting and examining animals, aquatic species, birds, and poultry for evidence of persistent or recurrent disease conditions and for the probable causes and effects;
(4) diagnosing the clinical symptoms of suspect herds and flocks to identify the specific disease, advising producer to seek treatment of diseased animals, and recommending preventive care that can be taken; and (5) certifying the health of livestock, poultry, aquatic species, and their by-products to be exported to other countries.
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
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:
Conducts evaluations of animal health program operations that are experiencing herd or flock disease problems to determine the solutions needed.
Follows up with site visits to ensure that accredited and state veterinarians observe the propriety of the certification of the health status of animals, aquatic species, birds, and poultry destined for intrastate, interstate or international shipments.
Reviews the health status and disease potential of animals, aquatic species, birds, or poultry, and their products and by products to be exported from or imported into the United States.
Conducts licensing inspection and monitors surveillance systems of establishments involved in handling restricted animals.
Analyzes veterinary medical and technical data from field investigations, laboratory tests, and pathological examinations. Applies recognized procedures in diagnosing a variety of domestic and foreign animal and poultry and aquatic diseases. Inspects livestock markets, vehicles, and abattoirs primarily for the effectiveness of disease prevention and control procedures in order to ensure that program requirements are being met.
Develops written reports or summaries of disease control and eradication, and animal health activities. Represents the Agency before public and private livestock groups and individuals for the purpose of promoting Veterinary Services programs in disease prevention.
May serve on an emergency disease eradication task force and may perform duties related to enforcement of veterinary biologics regulations within assigned section.
May supervise Animal Health Technicians and/or lower graded Veterinary Medical Officers assigned to the section.
To qualify, you must meet all qualification and time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this 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: 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.
Please Note: Current employees, regardless of the series occupied, DO NOT have to meet the English language proficiency requirement. These candidates are covered under the In-service Placement Provisions if they meet the minimum education and experience requirements.
Current APHIS Veterinarians do not need to submit documentation of meeting the basic education requirement. If selected, official transcripts will be required.
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.
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:
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
Knowldege 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.
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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
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 120 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
HOW TO APPLY:
A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:
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)
SF-50 (Current and Former Federal Employees)
College Transcripts or List of Coursework – MUST be in English (Key Requirement and/or Education Substitution)
DD-214 and other Veterans’ documents (Veterans Hiring Authority)
ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)
Schedule A Certification (Disability Hiring Authority)
Interchange Agreement documentation (Excepted Service Hiring Authority)
Spouses and widows/widowers of certain armed forces members (Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses Hiring Authority)
Peace Corps, Vista, AmeriCorps documentation, etc.(All other Special Hiring Authorities)
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:
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I attended school at a foreign university. Do I need to submit any additional documents?
I am applying for appointment based on my military service. What documents do I need to submit?
I am a current or former Federal Employee. What do I need to submit?
I am a displaced or surplus Federal employee. What documents do I need to submit?
I am applying for appointment based on a disability. Do I need to submit any documentation?
I am eligible under an Interchange Agreement. What documents do I need to submit?
I am a spouse or widow/widower of an armed forces member. What do I need to submit?
I am eligible under a Special Hiring Authority not listed above. Do I need to submit any documentation?
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.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
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.