Job Title:NAHERC Veterinary Medical Officer - Veterinarian
Department:Department Of Agriculture
Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Sub Agency:Marketing & Regulatory Programs
Job Announcement Number:NAHERC-2012-0003
$27.51 to $35.76 / Per Hour
Monday, December 05, 2011 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012
SERIES & GRADE:
Full-Time - Temporary position not to exceed one year
MANY vacancy(s) - USDA Nationwide, US
This announcement is open to all United States citizens and nationals.
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
The NAHERC assists in the federal response to domestic and international animal disease outbreaks,
threats, or natural disasters. By applying to this announcement, you will be answering our call for
help. Qualified applicants will have their name and credentials added to the NAHERC emergency
roster. Once on this list, should our nation be faced with an emergency, you may be called to serve.
Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our
IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
Applicants that previously applied to NAHERC-2007-0008 DO NOT need to reapply to this vacancy
This is an open continuous announcement and will be used to fill vacancies throughout the world
when an animal health emergency is declared. The duty locations are dependent upon the
specific emergency and cannot be determined until an emergency has been declared.
When an emergency is declared, you may be contacted and offered the opportunity to serve.
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!
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When activated, qualified NAHERC applicants become temporary employees of USDA-APHIS-
Veterinary Services (VS). The length of appointments vary depending upon the emergency and the
availability of the applicant. Over the years, veterinary professionals enrolled in the NAHERC have
assisted the United Kingdom with its foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, Virginia with its low-
pathogenic avian influenza control program, and the USDA-VS with the exotic newcastle disease
eradication program. More than 200 NAHERC members have responded to requests for assistance.
The purpose of this announcement is to recruit and enroll veterinary personnel interested in serving
in the event of an outbreak or other animal disease event.
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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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
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.orgfor information about schools in this category.)
a) Proof of certification of their final transcript by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary
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
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
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.
APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS QUALIFY AT THE GS-11 GRADE LEVEL.
• Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
• Foreign DVM's - See Qualifications section for required paperwork
• As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
• Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applications will be reviewed to confirm you possess the education and/or experience requirements
described in the qualifications section. The optional skills questions asked through the application
process are used only for skills matching purposes in the event of an emergency. Answering these
questions will aid the NAHERC in effective and efficient activation of personnel.
To preview questions please click here.
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Appointments are temporary not to exceed one year or less and may be terminated at any time. The
length of appointments will vary depending upon need and applicant availability. The NAHERC
temporary appointments do not receive the benefits associated with permanent competitive service
employment. For example, you will not be eligible to receive health or life insurance. However, if you
are activated you will be entitled to vacation and sick leave accrual.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information
(Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice
HOW TO APPLY:
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Application for referral on the NAHERC roster is through the online submission of a USAJOBS resume,
basic applicant information, voluntary responses to vacancy questions and submission of education
documentation (i.e., transcripts, copy of diploma, etc.).
Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time
at the number listed in the Contact Information section of this announcement or you may e-mail:
For help in creating your USAJOBS resume, you may also contact USAJOBS directly from 7:00 a.m. to
7:00 p.m. Central Time at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free access to a computer is available through most public libraries or workforce centers. If you are
looking for a computer, check your local listings for the library or workforce center closest to you.
For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE
For information on how to submit your supporting documentation through our automated hiring
system and/or print additional fax cover sheets click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:
Do I need to submit college transcripts?
Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders
The only documents you are required to submit for the NAHERC announcement are documents
verifying you meet the education requirements.
If you are unable to fax your education documentation, you may send it to the contact address
listed in the Agency Contact section of this vacancy announcement. Mailed education
documentation must include your name and the NAHERC-2012-0003 announcement number.
Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for
qualification or verification purposes.
If you are placed on the NAHERC roster and you were qualified on the basis of an unofficial list of
college courses or copies of diplomas or licenses, you MUST submit copies of official college
transcripts BEFORE you may be activated during an emergency.
Your application package must include an English translation of the foreign transcript.
Applicants who cannot apply on-line, click: Hard Copy Application
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
DO NOT EMAIL DOCUMENTS
Marketing & Regulatory Programs
100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
In the event of an emergency, qualified applicants will be referred for employment consideration.
Emergencies are unpredictable. You may receive availability inquiries very soon, or it may be a year
or longer before you are contacted. Consequently, it is very important that you update your online
profile, as necessary. This will ensure our ability to contact you.
You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status
updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click