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Veterinary Medical Officer Associate Pathologist

Company name
Smithsonian Institution

Washington, DC
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This position is located in the National Zoological Park's in Washington, DC. The incumbent serves as a Veterinary Pathologist whose function is to elucidate disease conditions occurring in the zoo's collection, and research/service function devoted to disease investigation in the collection and wildlife at national and international levels. Due to the specialized and complex nature of the work and professional mentoring requirements board, certification with the American College of Veterinary Pathology (or international equivalent) is required.


Conducts gross necropsies and histopathologic examinations on all species of animals (invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, fish, birds etc) originating from the Zoo's collection or wildlife on zoo grounds to identify and evaluate significant disease or health trends.

Coordinates routine activities of the zoo necropsy service through scheduling, supervises prosectors during necropsies, assures timely reporting of necropsy and biopsy results; reviews histopathology findings and interpretation of pathology cases performed by veterinary preceptors, interns and residents, and provide useful feedback to trainees.

Scholarly pursuits including peer reviewed scientific publications, independent and collaborative research, grant writing / application, presentations, and participation in professional organizations is expected at varying levels as primary duties allow and based on supervisory approval and input.

Participates in the outreach, educational, and fundraising projects and events of the zoo and Smithsonian.

Assists with the maintenance and disposition of pathology records, digital records, slides, tissues, photographs and materials generated from the clinical or anatomical pathology laboratories that are saved as part of the department's pathology collection for teaching purposes, research and general posterity, or other institutions (e.g. National Museum of Natural History).

Assists with temporary supervisory duties including scheduling, management and oversight of departmental staff, oversight of budgeting and procurement, and serving as main point of contact and communication with veterinarians and administrative staff.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to...

This is a Direct Hire

solicitation. Vacancies are open to the public, and agencies are not required to apply rating procedures or veterans preference. The Smithsonian will continue to make employment offers to qualified candidates with veterans preference whenever possible.

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Excepted Service employees may also apply to this announcement.

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Conditions of Employment

Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.

May need to complete a Probationary Period.

Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer.

Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service..

U.S. citizenship


The job requires physical strength and agility in handling and treating many of the collection animals, many of which are very dangerous and large. Job requires dexterity in manipulating sharp and dangerous instruments and tools.


Incumbent will be exposed to the risk of handling dangerous animals, and there is a potential for zoonotic spread of infectious diseases. The work can be inside or outside in all kinds of weather day or night. Some of the drugs used are very potent and potentially lethal if not handled properly. Incumbent is responsible for staff coordination and safety controls.


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.

Proficiency in Zoological Animal Medicines is required for satisfactory job performance.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.


All applicants must meet the following basic education requirements: ( Unofficial transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study must be submitted in order to receive further consideration).

1. 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). (Refer to for a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools)


2. Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education 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.

Specialized Experience:

In addition to meeting Basic Education Requirements above, applicants must have one year of progressively responsible professional veterinary full-time clinical experience at the Grade-12

level that is close or similar to the work of this job. For this position Specialized Experience is defined as independently researching, investigating, inspecting and dealing with matters related to the pathology of captive and free-ranging wildlife. Such experience should include identifying the illness and injury of animals, performing necropsies, performing histological analysis and other related procedures, generation of pathology reports and summaries, and training veterinary students and/or postgraduate students.


To qualify 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 Ph.D. 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.

NOTE: This position requires successful completion of residency in anatomic pathology resulting in board eligibility or previous specialty certification by American College of Veterinary Pathologists or foreign equivalent.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to the duties this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

For a full explanation of this option please see the . Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the Required Documents section of this announcement.


Additional information

Flexible Spending Accounts -

Health Insurance -

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Life Insurance -

Long Term Care Insurance -

Retirement Program -

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The applications that meet the basic education requirements will be evaluated further against the specialized experience requirement described above.

Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system will not be considered for this position.

Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

To preview questions please .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Required Documents

Your application package should include the following documents:

Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.

Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.

Unofficial transcripts and/or proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study must be submitted in order to receive further consideration)

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

Click on the Apply Online button on the upper right side of the page.

Please Note:

You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).

You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;


You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.

The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the Contact Person listed below.

Agency contact information

Lily Mellor









Office of Human Resources

POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517

Washington, District of Columbia

United States

Next steps

At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into and selecting the tab My USAJOBS; e-mailing; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed.

Additional Information:

Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at .

The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.

The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity ().

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Company Profile
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

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