Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Status: Full-time position

Location: Orient Point, NY

Deadline Date: 6/17/13

Date Available:

Job Summary: The incumbent serves as the Head of the Diagnostic Services Section (DSS), at the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL), National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL). The function of this unit is to develop diagnostic competence for a wide variety of foreign animal diseases (FAD), perform developmental studies on new FAD diagnostic modalities, provide 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.

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!

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 website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.AVMA website: 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 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).
In addition, graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:

a) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE.

b) Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0 in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing; OR

c) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.

Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must submit test results with their application. Results of more than one test or testing session cannot be combined to meet the standard.

Waiver Provision: English language proficiency assessments may be waived for qualified job applicants whose native language is English (i.e., the official or common language of an individual's country of birth is English) who submit a diploma or other official documentation as proof of graduation from a high (secondary) school where the entire curriculum and educational programs were taught in the English language for the entire 3 or 4 years of full-time attendance.

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 a 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.
Evaluate 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 an 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.
Plan, formulate, develop, and coordinate all aspects of FADDL’s role as a reference laboratory for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
Support the NAHLN as an expert on diagnostic testing and validation of assays used to detect exotic animal diseases (FAD) and collaborate closely with the NAHLN coordinator to establish exotic animal testing capabilities throughout this network.

To Apply: A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following
Responses to the vacancy specific questions
Supporting Documentation which may be required
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
ICTAP/CTAP eligibility documentation (Displaced Employees)

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