Public Practice Opportunities for Veterinarians Julia M. Murphy, DVM, MS, DACVPM State Public Health Veterinarian
Opportunities-Federal • www.usda.gov • Search under “USDA Employee Services” for job opportunity information • Search under “Agencies and Offices” to access information about APHIS, FSIS, ARS, etc.,
APHIS • The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, administering the Animal Welfare Act, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.
APHIS-specific jobs • Epidemiologists • Disease Monitoring • Disease Surveillance • Emerging issues/disease monitoring • Emergency Response Coordinators • Regulatory Medicine (trade, AWA) • Wildlife Services
FSIS • The Food Safety Inspection Service enhances public health and well-being by protecting the public from foodborne illness and ensuring that the nation's meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly packaged.
FSIS-specific jobs • Meat and poultry inspection • Design/revise inspection systems • Assess state inspection systems • Epidemiology • Food safety education
ARS • The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) works to ensure that Americans have reliable, adequate supplies of high-quality food and other agricultural products. ARS accomplishes its goals through scientific discoveries that help solve problems in crop and livestock production and protection, human nutrition, and the interaction of agriculture and the environment.
ARS-specific jobs • Research/Basic Science • Parasitic diseases of livestock • Animal genetics • Food safety and enteric diseases • Virus and prion disease of livestock • Vaccine research
USDA-student opportunities • Student Opportunities, Internships & Scholarships • www.da.usda.gov/employ/intern.htm • Opportunities for graduate students as well as professional level applicants
Opportunities-Federal • www.hhs.gov • Select “About HHS” and then scroll down to “Agencies in HHS” • CDC, FDA, NIH and other websites accessed from there
FDA-CVM • Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine • evaluation, approval and surveillance of animal drugs, food additives, feed ingredients, and marketed animal devices • works to increase availability of safe and effective products that relieve animal pain, sustain their health, and improve animal productivity without compromising public health.
FDA-CVM-specific jobs • Pharmacology • Development and testing of new animal drugs • Antimicrobial resistance/residues monitoring • Toxicology • Aquaculture research • Lab animal medicine • Summer internships
CDC • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people…providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health... CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
CDC-specific jobs • Epidemiologists • Zoonotic disease • Foodborne disease • Environmental Health Hazards • Epidemic Intelligence Service • www.cdc.gov/eis/applyeis/applyeis.htm • Emergency Response • Health Education • Internship opportunities
NIH • National Institutes of Health • NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
NIH-specific jobs • Basic medical research • Behavioral research • Lab animal medicine • www.training.nih.gov • Details research and training opportunities at various levels
Opportunities-Federal • Military • Army Veterinary Corps • Serves all branches of military • Food safety, research, military animals and pets of those in the military • Air Force • Public health officers, research
Opportunities-Federal • Federal employment and training sites: • www.usajobs.opm.gov • www.studentjobs.gov • www.hhs.gov/careers/student/index.html • www.cdc.gov/employment/studentjobs.htm
Opportunities-State • State departments of health • Public Health DVMs • Epidemiologists • Environmental Health • Toxicology
Opportunities-State • State departments of agriculture • Laboratorians/pathologists • Regulatory medicine • Emergency preparedness
Opportunities-State • State departments of game/wildlife • Wildlife veterinarians • Conservation/wildlife management • Wildlife disease monitoring
Opportunities-State • Veterinary schools • Teaching • Research • Clinical • Extension
Opportunities-Local • Animal welfare • Animal control • Health directors • Local health districts • Some states • Environmental health specialists
Opportunities-Other • National Veterinary Response Teams • www.hhs.gov/aspr/opeo/ndms/teams/index.html • Teams of DVMs, LVTs, and others who are deployed as FEMA employees to address veterinary needs during emergencies • Natural disasters, disease outbreaks • State Animal Response Teams • www.virginiasart.org/ • www.sartusa.org/
Veterinary Oath Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
Past Pertinent History-Me • 1992 Graduated from VMRCVM • 1992-95 Private practice • Large animal ambulatory, Virginia • Dairy, Pennsylvania • 1995-98 MS and PM Residency • 1999 ACVPM boarded
2002-present • 1998-2002 Private practice • Relief work • 2002 Virginia Department of Health • Foodborne disease epidemiologist • Zoonotic disease • Veterinary Epidemiologist • State Public Health Veterinarian
Government Work • “A survey says that American workers work the first three hours every day just to pay their taxes. So that's why we can't get anything done in the morning: We're government workers.” Jay Leno
Government Work • “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Questions? julia.murphy@ vdh.virginia.gov 804-864-8113 catherine.mcmanus@ vdh.virginia.gov 804-864-8133