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Animal Care Technician

About this Job:

Summary

As an Animal Health Technician, you will be responsible for technical and specialized work involved in a variety of animal health programs within an assigned geographical area. If selected, you would work independently, at a variety of field locations geographically removed from the Veterinary Services offices.

Responsibilities

  • The duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Assists Veterinary Medical Officers with inspection and testing of livestock, poultry, and other avian species on ranches, farms, auctions, markets, etc., to detect animal diseases and parasites.
  • Makes arrangements with livestock owners and independently draws blood samples from animals.
  • Supervises the livestock owner’s cleaning and disinfection of vehicles and premises which may be contaminated by disease organisms.
  • Investigates reports of communicable diseases of livestock.
  • Provides program information regarding preventive measures to nearby livestock owners.
  • Supervises livestock owner’s disposition of diseased animals.
  • Prepares certificates granting approval of movements of disease-free, infected, or exposed livestock.

Travel Required

50% or less – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Requirement:

You must be a US Citizen or US National. Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt. Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check. Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served. 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 E-Verify at https://www.e-verify.gov/ Valid state driver’s license is required at the time of application. Your work may involve strenuous physical demands, including, but not limited to, restraining large animals and operating heavy equipment. Your duties may also require long hours of driving a vehicle. Your work may require handling livestock during inclement weather and/or working in or around unpleasant conditions (e.g., blood, animal confinement units, high noise levels, dust, slippery surfaces). You may be exposed to disease conditions and agents that would require protective clothing, safeguards and enrollment in a health monitoring program.

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

FOR THE GS-06 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level) that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

Working with livestock in a feedlot, farm, or ranch setting
Documenting data and conclusions for formal reports
Assessing health and welfare problems of cattle and horses

OR Successful completion of eighteen (18) semester hours of related graduate education obtained from an accredited college or university. Qualifying graduate courses include: agribusiness, agricultural chemistry, agricultural development, agricultural economics, agricultural education, animal breeding, animal genetics, animal health, animal nutrition, animal physiology, animal products, animal reproduction, animal science, animal toxicology, animal welfare, biological and agricultural engineering, beef cattle production, dairy herd management, dairy marketing, equine production, farm management, feeding management, meat science, physiology of lactation, poultry science, ruminant nutrition, swine production, and wildlife and fisheries sciences.

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