Status: Full-time position
Location: Orient Point, NY
Deadline Date: 3/14/14
Job Summary: This position serves as the Head of the Diagnostic Services Section (DSS) at the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL), National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL). This unit develops diagnostic competence for a wide variety of foreign animal diseases (FAD), performs developmental studies on new FAD diagnostic modalities, provides training programs in the recognition and diagnosis of FAD to participants from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), State Veterinary departments, veterinary colleges, academicians, zoological parks, and foreign countries.
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 website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools http://www.avma.org; OR
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).
Duties: Serves as a VMO and technical expert in the study and diagnosis of foreign animal diseases and, as supervisor of the section, coordinates all activities required for diagnostic work.
Provides specialized expertise in the differential diagnosis of exotic and domestic species of mycoplasma, foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), vesicular stomatitis (VS), vesicular exanthema of swine (VES), swine vesicular disease (SVD), and serotyping of approximately 60 subtypes of FMD.
Completes diagnostic and safety tests on samples of animal origin and related products.
Maintains quality control of diagnostic materials used.
Evaluates diagnostic test methods and respective protocols.
Develops new and/or improves existing laboratory procedures for detection of FAD agents and their antibodies, including protocol documentation.
Develops visual aids and maintains expertise on FAD to develop and provide leadership in conducting specialized seminars and training sessions given to members of federal/state agencies, universities, zoological parks, and foreign countries in the recognition and diagnosis of diseases exotic to the United States.
Plans, formulates, develops, and coordinates all aspects of FADDL’s role as a reference laboratory for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
Supports the NAHLN as an expert on diagnostic testing and validation of assays used to detect exotic animal diseases (FAD) and collaborates closely with the NAHLN coordinator to establish exotic animal testing capabilities throughout this network.
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