Status: Full-time position
Location: Miami, FL; Newburgh, NY
Job Summary: The position serves to direct import and export activity at a Veterinary Services animal import quarantine facility (AIC). The incumbent serves as the Director of the AIC, managing and advising on the complex veterinary medical issues and situations associated with the import/export of livestock, birds, animal products and genetic materials.
The incumbent may also direct import/export activities at an air or sea port, or various other import/export operation. As Director, the incumbent provides administrative leadership and technical advice and guidance to the veterinary medical staff at the Animal Import Center, regarding the application of prescribed quarantine procedures and the proper care and maintenance of the animals in quarantine, as well as technical expertise in the interpretation of applications of governing rules and regulations.
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.
Qualifications: 1.Degree: 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 web site has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. AVMA web site: http://www.avma.org OR
2.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.
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:
The incumbent develops and oversees the veterinary medical program delivered at the AIC and evaluates the effectiveness of the program. The employee develops procedures and guidelines for use by the center staff and provides professional advice and guidance on unusually complex situations relating to the control of infectious and communicable diseases, parasites and disease vectors of livestock and poultry.
The incumbent oversees the activities of the veterinarians, animal health technicians, animal caretakers, etc. at assigned facilities, assuring proper animal husbandry, animal movement, and bio-security practices are being followed during the quarantine periods and that proper protocol is followed.
As the center director, the employee develops and executes an annual budget based solely on user fees as the source of income. Based on estimated revenue and projected work, makes decisions on manpower needs and employee utilization to maintain the fiscal and operational integrity of the center.
As an agency expert in the import and export of livestock and poultry, animal products and genetic materials, the incumbent serves as a consultant and advisor to top level agency managers, including the VS Deputy Administrator.
As an agency authority in the import and export of livestock and poultry, the incumbent participates in the development of agency policy and procedure.
Assists Veterinary Services leaders in directing and monitoring national import/export operations to detect and control disease which may be introduced as a result of the international movement of animals and birds and to assess effectiveness of quarantine and related procedures.
Serves as an agency expert in the medical and procedural issues related to import/export and represents Veterinary Services in meeting with industry and state and foreign government officials.
Organizes and conducts extensive educational programs for international government officials, brokers, animal owners and the general public, to encourage adherence to animal and bird quarantine requirements.
Assists investigative federal or state agencies, in investigations of international shipments of disease animals requiring case presentations to law enforcement on violations of US rules, regulations and laws.