Did you know that there are more than 3,000 veterinarians employed in over 29 areas throughout the federal government—protecting public health, safeguarding America’s food supply, conducting biomedical research, responding to national emergencies, and more?
We all know that veterinary medicine is a complex field requiring its practitioners to be trained in a variety of technical disciplines. However, what some may not realize is that even though veterinarians are highly qualified for a variety of careers in the U.S. government, federal position announcements sometimes restrict applicants to those with medical or Ph.D. degrees. Recognizing the additional skills veterinarians can bring to public service and corporate practice, the AVMA earlier this year teamed up with the National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) in a joint effort to inform Congress and human resources managers within the federal government of the many positions that veterinarians are qualified to fill.
The colorful, trifold brochure, “Federal Veterinarians: The World Is Our Clinic,” gives a brief overview of where veterinarians are currently serving across the federal government and how they can help fill the country’s increasing demand for professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds in the future.
The white paper, “Addressing Federal Hiring Needs with Veterinary Medical Professionals,” provides a more in-depth look at how the federal government classifies some of its job series. Specifically, some federal positions not classified as veterinary positions seek professionals with backgrounds in the basic sciences, health, agriculture or the environment, in which veterinarians are often uniquely qualified. The white paper calls on the Office of Personnel Management to: expand the veterinary medical officer job series description to include the additional skill sets that veterinarians possess; allow professionals with D.V.M. or V.M.D. degrees the ability to qualify for a more diverse range of science and technology-based federal positions and/or be given preference to those science-based positions; and consider professionals with doctorates in veterinary medicine for any science-based position that requires a Ph.D. or advanced science or research degree.
The AVMA, NAFV and VMRCVM will be providing the resources to HR managers in the months to come as part of its continued outreach.
For more information on this partnership or to view any of the resources, visit nafv.org.