Veterinary Medical Officer
Department Of Agriculture - Beltsville, MD

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This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area, Animal and Natural Resources Institute, Veterinary Services Unit, Beltsville, MD. The institute conducts a multi-discipline, comprehensive research program involving beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, poultry and various species of laboratory animals.

The purpose of the position is to provide service and support to Beltsville Agriculture Research Center (BARC) scientists using animals in research programs and to provide medical, surgical, and obstetrical care for all species of animals.

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

Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service

Current and valid state Driver's License DUTIES:
The incumbent will:
Provide training for professional and technical personnel in special surgical techniques relevant to research.

Provide expertise in pharmacology to coordinate drug use in experimental animals.

Oversee quarantine programs and other control measures to prevent the introduction of diseases in experimental animals.

Prepare detailed operating budgets for a veterinary services program.

Collect data and maintain exact and detailed records of individual animals, herd, and flock health.

Ensure the humane disposition of predatory animals posing a threat to livestock.

Administer Federal and State regulations regarding purchase, sale, and transport of animals. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

Basic Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must meet the applicable basic requirements via one of the options below.

Education and Experience: 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), as well as 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service demonstrating the following: scientific presentations before professional groups; publication of medical reports in professional journals or publications; participation in seminars, advisory/working groups, and research groups; mastery of clinical medicine; or other related activities that contribute to the advancement of veterinary medical science. However, articles on the care of pets written for the general public would not be considered professional publications or qualifying specialized experience. NOTE: Must submit supporting transcripts

Education: 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), as well as a Ph.D. degree in an area of specialization including but not limited to, animal science, food safety, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position. NOTE: Must submit supporting transcripts.

Residency/Internship: Successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to veterinary medicine.

ABVS Organization Membership: Successful completion of all requirements for Diplomate status in an American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS)-recognized veterinary specialty organization. Specialties may include, but are not limited to, veterinary toxicology, laboratory animal 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.

Minimum Qualifications

In addition to the basic requirements above, applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated below.

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing the following duties: providing clinical veterinary care for all species of animals by physical examination and use of diagnostic testing; preparing technical reports based on necropsies, clinical observations, histopathological examinations, and biochemical tests; participating in the planning and program development of an institute's research activities as related to animal care and welfare; planning, initiating and maintaining health programs for herds, flocks, and colonies by integrating animal husbandry with preventative health systems; and enforcing regulations related to the inspection, slaughter, and disposition of animals for human consumption.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

This position is open to all US Citizens and Nationals, and Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authority eligibles. You may apply under open-competitive, and noncompetitive procedures, however; you must meet the requirements for one of the following categories to apply as a noncompetitive eligible.

1. A current permanent competitive service employee; former Federal employee who achieved career status in the competitive service; or former Federal employee who served on a career conditional appointment without achieving career status in the competitive service who was separated less than three years ago. This includes applicants who have previously held, or currently hold this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this announcement. You must submit the SF-50 that shows competitive service eligibility to be considered.

2. A Veteran applying for a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing an honorable discharge to be considered. Eligibility for VRA appointments includes Disabled veterans; Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; and Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years. Disabled veterans must provide the SF-15 and supporting documentation from the VA along with DD-214. NOTE: VRA only applies to positions at the GS-11 level and below.

3. A 30% or more Disabled Veteran. You must submit your DD214, a completed SF-15, and letter from the VA dated 1991 or later as proof to be considered.

4. A military spouse. Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move; 2) has a 100% disability rating; or 3) died while on active duty. Please submit supporting documentation as proof to be considered.

5. A Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment. Please submit documentation from a State or Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Service as proof to be considered.

6. A Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered.

7. Interchange Agreements and Miscellaneous Authorities. Please submit documentation as proof to be considered. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

Veterinary Medicine

Animal Research

Veterinary Program Management

Herd Health

Regulatory Enforcement Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP. BENEFITS:

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc . OTHER INFORMATION:

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

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