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Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer / Public Health Veterinarian (Multiple Incentives/Nationwide)

Want to make a difference? Help protect public health as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian (SPHV) at USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)--the #1 employer of Federal veterinarians. FSIS veterinarians hold critical positions that uphold our mission to ensure food safety. 

Multiple positions are available open across more than a hundred locations. Salary range of $69,107-$107,680/year is based on the Rest of the US and not specific locations that may be in a Locality Pay Area with a higher salary range. For more information on locality pay in areas you are interested in, view: 2023 General Schedule (GS) Locality Pay Tables. View the Federal General Schedule pay scale for more information on step/pay increases (updated annually).

Excellent benefits for you and your family, both Federal and specific to FSIS. Opportunities for career path growthIncentives: $20,000 Recruitment Incentive, Government-Assisted Relocation, Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual Incentive and more available, including:

  • A multi-year recruitment incentive is available for newly appointed in-plant veterinarians to positions with a full performance level of GS-12 in all duty stations nationwide. 
  • This incentive is $5,000 per year for 4 years with a signed service agreement. The first payment is made after the first year of service is completed.
  • Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program eligible agency.
  • Accelerated promotion program available for eligible GS-11.
  • Former employees with at least a 90-day break in service may also be eligible.
  • FSIS currently is administering a retention incentive program for in-plant veterinarians. In-plant PHVs with 5-11 years of service as an in-plant PHV receive biweekly retention incentive payments. In-plant employees with 15 or more years of service receive a retention incentive after completion of key 5-year milestones after 15, 20, 25, and 30+ years of service.
  • Newly appointed in-plant PHVs are eligible for a first post of duty move in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.
  • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual (CSALA)/additional vacation time may be granted for directly related non-Federal or military experience for leave accrual purposes, allowing those that meet the requirements to potentially be placed in a higher leave earning category than they would otherwise have been placed. CSALA must be granted prior to entrance on duty.

Paul Soma, HR Specialist
Phone: 612-852-7689


  • Plan, organize, coordinate and adapt the full range of meat and poultry inspection operations in slaughter and/or processing establishments;
  • Ensure establishments meet requirements of the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations;
  • Oversee consumer protection, non-food safety concerns such as proper labeling and packaging;
  • Serve as team leader who works with and supervises other public health professionals to ensure establishments under our jurisdiction comply with sanitation standards and properly implement systems that control hazards from entering the food supply;
  • Enforcing Federal meat and poultry inspection procedures prior to slaughter and throughout the entire process, including humane handling;
  • Conduct ante-mortem inspection, post-mortem inspection, processing, dispositions, transportation and distribution of meat, poultry, and egg products to markets and retail stores;
  • Consult with union officials, plant management and discuss with subordinates new or revised regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Maintain meaningful labor-management relationships with subordinates by representing and expressing management's viewpoints to daily communications;
  • Promote EEO and Safety principles/programs, train subordinates, assign and review work, evaluate and rate performance, counsel employees on performance, resolve complaints and grievances, recommend disciplinary action as necessary.

View the full vacancy announcement for specific locations plus all required information, documents, duties, and qualifications as well as how to apply. You can also view a short video there on how PHVs are critical in keeping food safe.

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