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Office of Management (OM): Competency Models

By Shannon Cameron, Managing Editor, Communications, with Contributions by Shannon Bradbury, OM

In February 2010, CVM’s Office of Management (OM) and Human Capital Staff (HCS) finalized five Competency Models for positions at CVM: Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO), Consumer Safety Officer (CSO), Microbiologist, Biologist, and Chemist.

The five Competency Models help ensure that applicants with the right competencies and skill sets are recruited and hired for vital roles at CVM. The Competency Models also make sure that current CVM employees receive the necessary training to close the competency gaps and nurture this mission critical workforce. Veterinarians, for example, are essential to FDA’s efforts to protect the Nation’s food supply for both people and animals, and VMOs at CVM are critical in filling that role. The Competency Models are part of a larger CVM Workforce Initiative to ensure that managers have the correct people in the correct positions, and to help them gain a better understanding of the current and emerging human capital issues facing CVM.