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Staff Fellow Vacancy Announcement: Veterinary Medical Officer

Office of the Director

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of the Director (OD), is seeking qualified applicants for a Veterinary Medical Officer position. CVM’s mission is to protect and promote human and animal health. CVM ensures the safety of the American food supply, the safety of animal food and devices, and the safety and effectiveness of animal drugs. Specifically, the Center evaluates new animal drug applications for safety and effectiveness; monitors animal drugs, foods, and devices on the market; evaluates animal food additives for safety and utility; and conducts applied research to further protect human and animal health. As a high-performance organization within the FDA, CVM strives for excellence, innovation, and leadership across all operations, occupations, and grade levels.

OD has primary responsibility for establishing and coordinating the overall regulatory policy and scientific direction of the Center. OD is also responsible for the Center's Freedom of Information Act activities, stakeholder outreach and engagement, customer service through the Ombudsman, international relations, as well as information management operations involving website content and 508 Compliance requirements. In addition, the Office provides individual and team coaching services and internal organizational change advice in support of CVM's operation as a High Performance Organization. 

As a Veterinary Medical Officer, you will have a significant impact on enhancing the Office’s COVID-19 response capabilities across the One Health arena. Specifically, you will:

  • Manage and coordinate One Health activities between CVM and FDA as well as other government agencies and entities; 
  • Provide input into and coordinate One Health activities with the Center Director, and Deputy Center Director; 
  • Stay abreast of COVID-19-related and other zoonotic disease developments, both domestically and internationally, particularly from a One Health perspective;
  • Network, exchange information, and raise awareness of the use and benefits of One Health principles, examples and practices;
  • Advise on veterinary medical issues related to animal drugs, laws, regulations, and policies as well as scientific research and industry developments in veterinary medicine and related fields.

It is desirable that applicants have a Master’s in Public Health in addition to their veterinary medical degree, and/or a combination of relevant education and experience. Experience in One Health Activities, including with COVID-19, is preferred. Candidates should demonstrate proficiency and an understanding of One Health and the inter-relationship of veterinary medicine, human medicine and environmental factors related to One Health. The ability to communicate effectively and manage competing priorities while working in a fast-paced, team environment is also required.

The position is located in Rockville, Maryland and is available immediately. The position will be filled through FDA’s Staff Fellowship program. Appointments will be made up for up to two years with potential opportunities for renewal. The salary range is $87,198 to $134,798 based on experience and education. Further information regarding qualification requirements can be found by visiting the following link: Veterinary Medical Officer.

Please submit your letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to: CVMOpportunities@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line of “OD COVID-19 Staff Fellow Position – Working at CVM.”  Questions may also be directed to the CVM Opportunities mailbox. Applications will be accepted through May 10, 2021. 

**Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.**

Why CVM? 

Safeguarding human and animal health is what we do. When you join our team, you impact this unique and amazing mission no matter your position. You also join a diverse community of exceptional people who encourage and support everyone to dream, inspire each other, and live our best lives, personally and professionally. When you join CVM, you join an incredible place to work.

The Department of Health and Human Services is an equal opportunity employer with a smoke free environment.

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