Animal Health Technician
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Iowa City, IA

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VacancyID: 603624

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to veterans?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Working with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers an opportunity for a rewarding health care career serving our nation’s Veterans. Your work in this position will give you the opportunity to serve patients who have served our nation like you have.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/ .

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.

Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

DUTIES:
This position is located at the VA Medical Center, Iowa City, IA. This position requires knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of laboratory animal science in order to maintain major oversight responsibility for the husbandry and well being of all animals used experimentally. Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

communicates constructively with research investigators and staff about problems and care of animals;

provides necessary care to all the animals used in Research and Development Service;

prepares diets and follows required feeding instructions provided by the investigators;

in the event of illness among the animals, traces the usual sources of the illness, isolating and calling it to the attention of the supervisor;

administers necessary medications to animals as prescribed by the investigator;

administers anesthesia as prescribed;

orders and maintains an inventory of daily supplies such as feed, bedding, cleaning material, etc.;

washes cages, performs housekeeping duties, cleans instruments, and performs autoclaving;

performs maintenance and cleaning of non-animal holding rooms; and

monitors equipment for proper functioning.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Some weekend work may be required).

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
GS-07 EXPERIENCE: Must possess at least one full (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the Animal Health Technician position. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level in the Federal Service. Qualifying experience may include work as an animal welfare inspector or as an assistant to a veterinarian who work with small animals. Examples of Specialized Experience include: maintains federal/state/agency standards and policies for animal care; prepares diets and follows required feeding instructions; administers medications to animals including anesthesia; traces and isolates the usual sources of illness among animals; and maintains an animal facility performing duties such as washing cages, cleaning and autoclaving instruments and monitors equipment for proper functioning. (A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position, salary/grade level, and the number of hours a week spent in such employment). OR

GS-07 EDUCATION: Must possess a successful completion of one full year of graduate level education directly related to the work of this position. This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR

GS-07 COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Must possess equivalent combinations of creditable specialized experience and graduate education as described above to meet the total experience requirements for the Medical Technician position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

Certification as a Laboratory Animal Technologist is preferred.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

ABILITY TO PROVIDE CARE TO ALL ANIMALS USED IN RESEARCH

ABILITY TO MAINTAIN AN ANIMAL FACILITY

ABILITY TO MAINTAIN STANDARDS OF GOVERNING AGENCIES INCLUDING THE ASSOCIATION FOR ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION OF LABORATORY ANIMAL CARE; AGENCY RULES, REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES; AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;

Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;

Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and

Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

BENEFITS:
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www4.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp ). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at 601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
US
.

OTHER INFORMATION:
VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...