The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USA) responsible for protecting the public's health by ensuring the safety of the Nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and processed egg products. USDA is a great place to start or continue your career.
Veterinarians play a critical role in FSIS.
Most but not all FSIS veterinarians work in meat and poultry plants. Veterinarians enforce federal meat and poultry inspection procedures:
During live animal transport and handling, including humane slaughter oversight;
Throughout the entire establishment, including processing operations;
During transportation and distribution of meat, poultry and egg products to markets and retail stores.
Our veterinarians supervise other public health professionals to ensure establishments under our jurisdiction comply with sanitation standards and properly implement systems that control hazards from entering the food supply.
FSIS veterinarians advise academia, industry and professional groups on the effectiveness of food safety controls.
In addition to working in inspected establishments, veterinarians are employed as epidemiologists, pathologists, auditors, risk analysts and biosecurity experts. Veterinarians in FSIS are executive leaders, international liaisons, and program managers. FSIS veterinarians investigate outbreaks of foodborne illness in collaboration with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They assess State inspection programs; design new inspection systems and procedures; evaluate agency programs to assess their effectiveness in ensuring the safety of meat, poultry and egg products; create and deliver training and educational programs; and perform other challenging tasks that ultimately protect you and your family from foodborne illnesses.
Successful completion of a background investigation.
Successful completion of a pre-employment physical.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine professional degree.
DVM transcript must show your name, college name, and date degree awarded.
Travel is based on the position, please refer to the position specific information link (March Vacancy List) above in this announcement for location specific travel requirements.
Satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period (unless prior service is creditable). And for supervisory positions, subject to satisfactory completion of one-year supervisory/managerial probation period (unless prior service is creditable).
Training As A Condition of Employment (TCOE).
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: GS level is determined by education/experience. All positions are GS-12 positions. If you qualify for a GS-11, you will automatically be promoted to a GS-12 upon satisfactory completion of one year of work as a GS-11.
About USDA Food Safety Inspection Services
The Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) is the nation's largest employer of veterinarians with more than 1,100 professionals employed. The Public Health Veterinarian (Veterinary Medical Officer, or VMO) is a key member of the Agency's food safety team with primary responsibility for making the critical examinations and dispositions of food animals that are presented for further processing before the meat and poultry products are made available to the public.
The FSIS Public Health Veterinarian has the opportunity to utilize all of the skills acquired during your veterinary education to ensure the nation's food supply is safe and wholesome.
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