Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Veterinary Medical Officer (Clinical Care) in Onalaska, Wisconsin

Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Onalaska, WI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/1/2016 (10 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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This permanent, full-time position is located with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 3. The incumbent will serve as a Veterinary Medical Officer at the La Crosse Fish Health Center, part of the Midwest Fisheries Center located in Onalaska, Wisconsin. This position will be responsible for protecting the health of fish on federal and partner fish hatcheries, providing fish health expertise, providing oversight of disease treatments for aquatic animals, and providing wild aquatic animal health expertise.


Major duties at the full performance level include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prevents disease outbreaks by working through hatchery staff to improve husbandry methods and biosecurity.
  • Conducts fish health inspections and fish health monitoring.
  • Conducts examinations in the field, collecting samples for laboratory analysis and performing, assisting with, and/or interpreting laboratory assays to detect bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral agents.
  • Diagnoses the causes of disease outbreaks on federal and partner fish hatcheries.
  • Shares fish health expertise with Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) partners.
  • Communicates fish health advice to hatchery managers and partners.
  • Contributes to the development of regional fish health policies.
  • Recommends disease treatments and ensures that all drug and chemical use is in compliance with federal and state law, FWS policy, and veterinary ethics.
  • Provides fish health expertise and assistance to FWS recovery programs that may not involve propagation in hatcheries.
Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel will be required for fish health inspections, site visits at hatcheries and wild fish health surveys, and meetings.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply to this position.
  • A background investigation may be required.
  • Wearing the Service uniform is required.
  • A valid state driver's license is required.
  • A valid veterinary license is required.

By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.


  1. Degree: 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,, has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools.


  1. Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, 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.


In addition to meeting the education requirements for the GS-11 level, as described above, applicants may qualify for the GS-12 level with any of the following:

  1. Experience: 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. Specialized experience may include 1) conducting fish health inspections and fish health monitoring; 2) conducting physical examinations to diagnose and/or treat diseases in fish, shellfish, and/or amphibians; 3) monitoring the results of disease treatments in fish, shellfish, and/or amphibians; or 4) providing fish or aquatic health expertise to field staff. NOTE: Your resume must provide sufficient information in these areas to be found qualified for this grade level.

  2. Education: To qualify at the GS-12 grade level 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:

  • 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.
  1. Residency/Post-Graduate Training Programs: Successful completion of two years of a post graduate internship, residency program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to fish, shellfish, and/or amphibians. NOTE: You will be required to submit proof of completion of your training or residency program.

You must submit a copy of your college transcripts for this professional position. Unless otherwise stated, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If selected, you will be required to produce official transcripts.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Veterinary License Requirement: Applicants hired under the Veterinary Science medical Series (701) must have and maintain a current, valid veterinary license from one of the 50 U. S. states (copies of the original license and the current renewal certificate must be kept on file) that allows the practice of veterinary medicine. Incumbent must be able to acquire a license in the states of Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin within 1 year of effective date of employment. Incumbent may be required to acquire a license in additional states in the Midwest Region to support aquatic animal movements to meet regional Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation program priorities.

*Medical Requirement: *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.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to most Federal employees:

Other Information

More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

The duties of this position are suitable for telework, and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

1. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

2. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job-related competencies or knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of three predefined quality categories instead of being ranked in numeric score order. The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Preference eligibles that meet minimum qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade lever or higher.

3. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.**

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0701-11/12

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453486000

Job Announcement Number: R3-16-1793654-JM