Status: Full-time position
Location: Multiple Locations
Deadline Date: 2/20/14
Job Summary: Serves as a Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) for Animal Care with geographic responsibility for the compliance and enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, within the assigned counties and/or states. Assignments involve (a) planning, coordinating, adapting, and modifying medical and program procedures to deal with animals covered under the Acts; (b) developing and recommending new procedures and practices for properly and efficiently enforcing the Acts; and (c) inspecting dealers, exhibitors and research facilities and examining animals to assure full compliance with the Acts.
Qualifications: 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 website for 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).
Duties: The incumbent has overall responsibility for the scheduling and accomplishment of all pre licensing inspections, routine periodic inspections, deficiency follow-up inspections, and special investigations needed in response to leads received on possible violations.
Inspected facilities include animal dealers, exhibitors, and research facilities who have applied for a license under the Animal Welfare Act in addition to those currently licensed.
Due to legal constraints professional requirements, and the high visibility and extreme sensitivity involved, research facilities are inspected only by the VMO.
The activities that occur in the research facility are under enormous scrutiny by the general public. The VMO is responsible for reviewing the research protocols and, most importantly, addressing the issue of the pain and suffering that these animals must endure.
In all types of facilities covered under the Animal Welfare Act, the VMO is responsible for conducting a thorough review of such factors as: structural strength, water and electric, storage of food and bedding, waste disposal, heating and temperature, ventilation, lighting, drainage, interior surfaces, shelter, space requirements, feeding, watering, sanitation, cleaning, housekeeping, pest control, veterinary care, handling of animals, transportation, and record keeping.
Incumbent is responsible for enforcing the Horse Protection Act, following uniform procedures when inspecting horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions. Incumbent is responsible for contacting officials of horse shows, exhibitions, etc. to ensure they understand the law and regulations, and responsibilities of the designated official show veterinarian.
Incumbent is relied upon to serve as a liaison between the Agency and the general public. He/she represents the Agency at meetings of industry and other concerned public and private groups and individuals to promote the Animal Welfare and Horse Protection programs.
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