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This series covers professional positions that supervise, lead, or perform work in the veterinary medical sciences. The work involves promoting the health and welfare of both animals and the public through diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and understanding of animal diseases; conservation of animal resources; and advancement of veterinary medical knowledge.
This qualification standard applies to positions under the General Schedule (GS) and other "white collar," non-GS pay plans in the competitive service. Other "white collar" pay plans include unique agency pay plans that are not covered by the GS pay plan.
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:
Scientific presentations before professional groups; publication of medical reports in professional journals or publications; participation in seminars, advisory/working groups, and research groups; mastery of clinical medicine; or other related activities that contribute to the advancement of veterinary medical science are positive indicators of the quality of an applicant's experience. However, articles on the care of pets written for the general public would not be considered professional publications or qualifying specialized experience.
Applicants who meet the educational requirements described in paragraph A above as well as the specialized experience requirements below may qualify as follows:
GS-12: One year of progressively responsible professional veterinary experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level that demonstrates the ability to independently perform the veterinary medical duties required of the position.
GS-13 and above: One year of progressively responsible professional veterinary experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
To qualify at the GS-12 or GS-13 grade levels on the basis of education, applicants must successfully complete relevant graduate study or a dual DVM/graduate degree as described below at an accredited college or school, in addition to completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or an equivalent degree:
GS-12: Master's degree in an area of specialization, including but not limited to, animal science, avian medicine, food safety, 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.
GS-13: Ph.D. degree in any of the above specialties or related sciences.
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-12: Successful completion of two years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
GS-13: Successful completion of three years of an internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to the position.
Specialty boards that are recognized by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) certify eligible candidates as specialists in specific veterinary medical fields.
Veterinarians who successfully complete all requirements for Diplomate status in an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty organization may qualify for the GS-13 grade level.
Such specialties may include, but are not limited to, veterinary toxicology, laboratory animal medicine, poultry veterinary medicine, theriogenology, veterinary anesthesiology, veterinary behaviorists, veterinary clinical pharmacology, veterinary dermatology, veterinary emergency and critical care, veterinary internal medicine, veterinary microbiology, veterinary nutrition, veterinary ophthalmology, veterinary pathology, veterinary preventive medicine, veterinary radiology, veterinary medicine, and veterinary dentistry.
The above list of specialty areas for board certification should not be used for parenthetical titles or official job titles unless authorized by the classification standard for the 0701 occupational series.
For some positions, proficiency in one of the following specialties is required for satisfactory job performance:
In such situations, agencies may consider using selective factors in the vacancy announcement when possession of specific experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, or competencies is absolutely required prior to appointment. Selective factors should only be used when an applicant cannot perform the work satisfactorily without such qualifications. Evidence of proficiency may be demonstrated by work experience; advanced course work or degrees; board certification; or completion of specific, intensive training, as appropriate. The level of proficiency must be commensurate with the grade level of the position.
In addition to technical competence in a general or specialized veterinary medical field, applicants must possess writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
Individuals 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.
Veterinary Medical Officers who inspect or supervise inspection activities in privately owned slaughter houses and processing plants must meet specific medical standards and physical requirements established by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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There is no Group Coverage Qualification Standard for this series. Use the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.