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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of Research, Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) is seeking a qualified applicant for the position of Veterinary Medical Officer. Vet-LIRN partners with veterinary diagnostic laboratories to document, investigate, and diagnose animal feed, pet food and animal drug-related illnesses. Network laboratory activities include case investigations of animal illness, test methods standardization, training, proficiency testing and emergency response exercises. Such activities strengthen the overall food safety system by developing increased capacity and capabilities to detect adulteration which could affect animals raised for human consumption or companion animals consuming ingredients used in both animal and human food products. The participant will join the Vet-LIRN team’s network infrastructure activities and investigations of consumer complaint cases. The position will be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship program. The appointment is for up to two years with opportunities for renewal and is subject to availability of funds.
The Veterinary Medical Officer’s primary responsibilities will be interviewing consumers regarding their animal food complaint, discussing case histories and next steps for investigating the case with the consumer’s attending veterinarian, receiving inventory and shipping of feed or diagnostic specimens, setting up testing feed or diagnostic samples with Vet-LIRN partner laboratories, photographing microscopic documentation of pathology samples, maintaining and troubleshooting equipment, and assisting in the preparation of manuscripts or written summaries of experimental findings.
Applicants must have a D.V.M./V.M.D . Degree earned within three years of the desired start date, or completion of all requirements for a degree prior to the starting date. Prior research experience is desirable, but not required.
This position is located in Laurel, Maryland and is available immediately. The salary range is from $68,036 to $88,450 based on experience and education. Further information regarding qualification requirements can be found at the following link: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0700/veterinary-medical-science-series-0701/
This vacancy will close on: May 31, 2018 **Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.**
Please submit your letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: CVMOpportunities@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line of “Vet-LIRN VETERINARY MEDICAL OFFICER-2018”. Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox.
FDA is an equal opportunity employer and is a smoke-free environment.