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Department of Agriculture Seeks a Student Trainee (Veterinary)

April 02, 2020

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Student Trainee


  • The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.
  • Work assignments are tailored to the background of the individual employee, in accordance with classification provisions for student trainee positions. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
    • Support of program management and/or animal health information systems, including information gathering and data collection; data verification, tracking, coding, and entry; and document review and literature searches.
    • Observes and/or performs testing and identification activities for programs designed to manage disease in various livestock commodities such as cattle, swine, and cervids.
    • Draws blood samples for laboratory testing and brands reactor animals.
    • Conducts elementary statistical, quantitative, or qualitative analysis.
    • Assists veterinarians and laboratory support personnel assisting in a variety of routine duties relative to animal disease control and eradication.
    • Attaches numbered tags to tested animals ears and records tag numbers and animal descriptions on blood test record forms.
Qualifications include:
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Must be in good academic standing as defined by their academic institution and enrolled at least half-time at a qualifying educational institution
  • Complete at least 640 hrs of work experience prior to completion of degree. The work requirements must be completed prior to, or concurrent with, the completion of Saul T. Wilson Jr., Internship educational requirements.
  • If selected for the Saul T. Wilson Jr., Internship program, students must be enrolled for the fall 2020-2021 academic year on a full-time basis.
  • A signed participant agreement is required for employment under Pathways.
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) and proof of current enrollment must be included with our application. See the "Required Documents" section for more information.
  • As applicable, applicants are required to submit proof of acceptance to veterinary school by the closing date of this announcement. See the "Required Documents" section for more information.
  • Satisfactory Background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of two-year trial period.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Pre-employment drug testing may be a required. There is a requirement for diagnostic tests and vaccinations in order to gain access to the NVSL/CVB facilities.
  • Locality pay will vary based upon the selectee's duty location. A final salary determination will be made upon selection.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

ELIGIBILITY: Students who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program.

In addition the following Selective Placement Factor (SPF) requirement is being used to determine whether an applicant fully qualifies for this position. Therefore, it is MANDATORY that all applicants meet this requirement in order to receive further consideration for this job vacancy. Applicants are required to submit all transcripts and proof of enrollment to support the selective placement factor. Applicants who fail to meet the selective placement factor may lose further consideration.

Students must be actively applying to or enrolled in a degree seeking doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) program
Students must be in their final year of a master's program in a field of study related to veterinary medicine (Ex. Pursuit of a master's in public health with the intention of continuing on to a veterinary school). Student MUST show proof of being enrolled or seeking enrollment in a degree seeking doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) graduate program for the 2020-2021 fall semester.

GS-7: Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) or eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement provision; to qualify based on superior academic achievement you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements.

GS-9: Completion of 2 academic years of graduate level education, or a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

Current DVM student applicants must have completed not more than 1 full academic year of study in veterinary medicine.
Upon graduation, you must meet the following education requirement to be eligible for conversion to a position in the Veterinary Medical Sceince, 0701 series:


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, (external link), has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.

Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, (external link)for information about schools in this category) 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. Examples of examinations that assess mastery of the English language are shown below:

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;
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;

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.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.


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