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Job Title: Veterinary Medical Officer
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Washington DC, DC
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 02/08/2018
Expire Date: 04/09/2018
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Job Description
Veterinary Medical Officer

This position is located within the Office of Research Oversight (ORO) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). ORO reports directly to the Under Secretary of Health (USH), and monitors, reviews, and investigates matters of research compliance that involve VA research. Specifically, ORO provides oversight of compliance with VA and other Federal requirements for the protection of human research subjects, laboratory animal welfare, research safety, research laboratory security, research information security, and research misconduct. Duties will include but are not limited to, the following:

  • Participating in or leading on site and remote compliance reviews in the areas of laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security;
  • Conducting program assessments to identify noncompliance in laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security programs;
  • Preparing written reports and correspondence that include examples of noncompliance and identify corrective actions required for resolution;
  • Representing the office and/or agency on major working groups and committees dealing with issues related to research compliance;
  • Monitoring progress on corrective action plans implemented by facilities;
  • Providing advice and technical assistance to clarify compliance issues related to laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security;
  • Establishing research compliance standards for review teams to utilize when conducting reviews and framing recommendations;
  • Evaluating new or modified legislation and policies to determine the impact on research compliance programs.
The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-14. At the GS-13 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.

Work schedule: Full-Time; Monday - Friday; 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Veterinary Medical Officer/ PD#34561A/33267A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
PCS Expenses: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Required

Note
: This position may be filled as a virtual position; the site will be determined upon selection. The salary range listed on this announcement only reflects the GS base rate (not including locality). Upon selection, the salary will be adjusted to include the locality adjustment for the specific location.

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/28/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement and current employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA).

Basic Requirement:
1. 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).
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. 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.
3. Possess a current, permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State or US territory.

Additional Qualifications - In addition to meeting the education requirement, you must have specialized experience or directly related education as described below.

Specialized experience must demonstrate the ability of the applicant to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required for the position. Only experience gained after completing the basic education requirements is creditable. Experience gained at a pet veterinary clinic with species commonly used in research does not count towards meeting specialized experience requirements.

GS-13 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: assisting in the development of programs related to laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security; auditing compliance review processes; conducting program assessments, identifying problems, and providing recommendations for improvement; evaluating new or modified legislation to determine the impact on program; consulting with stakeholders and interest groups to develop proposals to major health research compliance issues.

GS-14 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: developing research compliance policies, procedures and strategies related to laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security; leading on-site and remote compliance oversight reviews; auditing compliance review processes; conducting program assessments, identifying problems, and providing recommendations for improvement; monitoring research progress as corrective plans are implemented; evaluating new or modified legislation to determine the impact on program; consulting with stakeholders and interest groups to develop proposals to major health research compliance issues and presenting results through presentations and or/publications.
OR
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-13 level. To qualify at the GS-13 grade level on the basis of education, applicants must successfully complete relevant graduate study or a dual DVM/graduate degree as described below:
Ph.D. degree in an area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position.
OR
Residency/Post-Graduate Training Programs: Residency or post-graduate training programs require two to five years of study in a specific discipline or specialty. Successful completion of such training qualifies the job applicant for the following grade levels:
GS-13: Three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
GS-14: Four years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
OR
Board Certification: Board certification demonstrated by ACLAM Diplomate status is creditable with specialized experience or residency and post-graduate training towards meeting the grade level requirements. ACLAM Diplomate status is creditable as follows:
GS-13: ACLAM Diplomate status and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or 3 years of progressively responsible training in an ACLAM- approved internship, residency program, or fellowship training program.
GS-14: ACLAM Diplomate status and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or 4 years of progressively responsible training in an ACLAM- approved internship, residency program, or fellowship training program.

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; religions; 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.

A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform portions of the work. However, there is periodic walking, standing, bending, carrying items such as research records, instructional material, books, manuals, and laptop computer. No special physical demands are required to perform the work, however, travel forms a significant component of the program. Duties also include physical inspections of active research laboratories and animal housing facilities.

Medical Requirements: Must be physically and mentally able to safely and efficiently perform the full range of duties of the position without creating hazards to themselves or others.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • Transcript


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/28/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. For a GS-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.
Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement and current employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA).

Basic Requirement:
1. 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).
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. 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.
3. Possess a current, permanent, full and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a State or US territory.

Additional Qualifications - In addition to meeting the education requirement, you must have specialized experience or directly related education as described below.

Specialized experience must demonstrate the ability of the applicant to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required for the position. Only experience gained after completing the basic education requirements is creditable. Experience gained at a pet veterinary clinic with species commonly used in research does not count towards meeting specialized experience requirements.

GS-13 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: assisting in the development of programs related to laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security; auditing compliance review processes; conducting program assessments, identifying problems, and providing recommendations for improvement; evaluating new or modified legislation to determine the impact on program; consulting with stakeholders and interest groups to develop proposals to major health research compliance issues.

GS-14 Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: developing research compliance policies, procedures and strategies related to laboratory animal welfare and research safety and security; leading on-site and remote compliance oversight reviews; auditing compliance review processes; conducting program assessments, identifying problems, and providing recommendations for improvement; monitoring research progress as corrective plans are implemented; evaluating new or modified legislation to determine the impact on program; consulting with stakeholders and interest groups to develop proposals to major health research compliance issues and presenting results through presentations and or/publications.
OR
Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-13 level. To qualify at the GS-13 grade level on the basis of education, applicants must successfully complete relevant graduate study or a dual DVM/graduate degree as described below:
Ph.D. degree in an area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, infectious diseases, veterinary clinical sciences, pathobiology, biomedical sciences, veterinary anatomy, veterinary preventive medicine, comparative biological sciences, epidemiology, veterinary parasitology, molecular veterinary biosciences, public health, microbiology, pathology, immunology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, wildlife, zoological animal medicine, or sciences related to the work of a veterinary medical officer position.
OR
Residency/Post-Graduate Training Programs: Residency or post-graduate training programs require two to five years of study in a specific discipline or specialty. Successful completion of such training qualifies the job applicant for the following grade levels:
GS-13: Three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
GS-14: Four years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
OR
Board Certification: Board certification demonstrated by ACLAM Diplomate status is creditable with specialized experience or residency and post-graduate training towards meeting the grade level requirements. ACLAM Diplomate status is creditable as follows:
GS-13: ACLAM Diplomate status and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or 3 years of progressively responsible training in an ACLAM- approved internship, residency program, or fellowship training program.
GS-14: ACLAM Diplomate status and 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level or 4 years of progressively responsible training in an ACLAM- approved internship, residency program, or fellowship training program.

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; religions; 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.

A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

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