Status: Full-time position
Location: Oneonta, NY
Salary: $57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Job Summary: The incumbent serves as Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) with geographic responsibility for the full range of disease diagnosis, control, and eradication and animal health and care activities within counties and states. In addition, the incumbent may serve on details to both foreign and domestic locations to perform similar duties.
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.
Qualifications: 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 presense 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.
Duties: 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:
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
Developing and recommending new procedures and practices for properly releasing, retaining, or quarantining problem animals
Inspecting and examining animals, aquatic species, birds, and poultry for evidence of persistent or recurrent disease conditions and for the probable causes and effects;
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
Certifying the health of livestock, poultry, aquatic species, and their by-products to be exported to other countries.
Supervises Animal Health Technicians and/or subordinate Veterinary Medical Officers as assigned.
Assigns and reviews the work of subordinate staff to ensure timely performance, soundness, and value.
Monitors the progress of work, including adherence to methods and procedures, and prioritization of the work, including the development of assignments and schedules.
Gives advice or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
Evaluates subordinates through annual performance ratings and initiates formal award recommendations based on job performance.
Exercises approval authority for leave requests, conferring with higher-level management on highly unusual situations involving extended absence.
Serves as Acting Area Veterinarian in Charge (AVIC), or Assistant Area Veterinarian in Charge (AAVIC), when needed.
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)
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
CTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)