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Veterinary Medical Officer (Outreach Coordinator)

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Department Of Agriculture Washington , DC 20319

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Veterinary Medical Officer (Outreach Coordinator), GS-0701-13/14

Washington, DC


Salary Range:

GS-13: $96,970.00 to $126,062.00

GS-14: $114,590.00 to $148,967.00

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency responsible for ensuring the safety of meat, poultry and processed eggs. This position is assigned to the Resource Management and Financial Planning Staff (RMFPS), Office of Field Operations (OFO).

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Serve as a key policy analyst and advisor on matters of veterinary medical science and public health, that affect the Agency's mission.

Review and assess proposals and developments that potentially impact the veterinary profession, the practice of veterinary medicine, and the Agency's veterinary medical needs; and the employee makes recommendations for effectively addressing these proposals and developments.

Partner with the Office of Human Resources to create and implement a business outreach model that promotes and attracts veterinary candidates and supports the current and future veterinary workforce.

Establish and maintain relationships, and conduct outreach with representatives of academia, industry, professional organizations, consumer groups, and other Federal agencies engaged in or impacted by food safety.

Provide guidance to educational institutions that are interested in developing a curriculum that supports opportunities related to public health, humane handling, and food safety career tracks.

Make recommendations related to the most effective development, utilization, recruitment, and retention of the Food Safety Inspection Service's veterinary workforce.

Promote the education, training, and professional development of the Agency's veterinary medical staff to ensure that the staff is fully trained, fully utilized, and prepared to effectively adapt to changing needs.

Lead workgroups tasked with addressing initiatives that involve critical veterinary medical issues; the employee provides authoritative professional advice and guidance.

Travel Required
50% or less - travel is required (up to 50%) to attend outreach events, speaking engagements, and to give presentations at veterinary organizations.

Supervisory status


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.

  • If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

  • If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a public trust security clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

Basic education requirements


  • 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. OR

  • Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, for information about schools in this category) must meet one of the following requirements.

  • Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)

  • 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).

  • 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. Under this provision, equivalency is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school or college accepts the graduate's 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).

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:

  • 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;

  • 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

  • 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.

Time in grade:

Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-12 grade level for consideration for the GS-13 grade level.)

For the GS-13 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) that demonstrates:

  • Experience cultivating and maintaining relationships with key representatives of academia, other Federal agencies, and military organizations that employ veterinarians, as well as key officials affiliated with various veterinary organizations such as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Student Chapter of the Association of American Bovine Practitioners, State Veterinary Medical Associations, Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, and the National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV).

  • Experience representing an agency or organization as a veterinary expert and interacting regularly and extensively with a wide range of prominent individuals to promote the recruitment, retention, and professional development of the veterinary workforce.

  • Knowledge of Federal, USDA, and FSIS human resource regulations, policies, and practices in order to provide information and assess and improve program effectiveness related recruitment and retention incentives for veterinary professionals.

  • Experience in serving on workgroups tasked with addressing initiatives that involve critical veterinary medical issues

For the GS-14 level: In addition to the specialized experience above, applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level) that demonstrates:

  • Experience with developing plans, goals, and objectives for short and long-term program implementation and execution and develop criteria to evaluate overall program efficiencies and effectiveness.

  • Experience with leading workgroups tasked with addressing initiatives that involve critical veterinary medical issues

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

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Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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