As a Biologist or Veterinary Medical Officer at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, you will be responsible for the isolation and identification of animal and/or aquatic pathogens. In the performance of the assigned duties, new diagnostic techniques are developed, implemented, and optimized for use in the detection of pathogens and antibodies, and stock reagents are prepared and evaluated for use in the diagnosis of animal and/or aquatic diseases.
The duties may include, but are not limited to:
Coordinates and conducts laboratory testing associated with pathogen isolation and identification, performs and interprets relevant characterization data .
Communicates with external customers regarding sampling and test results. Reviews and approves test results for release.
Conducts and participates in training schools and seminars by presenting lectures and demonstrations.
Assists the Section Head in maintaining quality control of tests performed and for selected tests performed in State/University/National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) diagnostic labs.
Resource expert for agency, other federal personnel, diagnosticians, and other laboratory and field personnel in mechanisms of pathogenicity and methods used to identify and characterize pathogens.
Recognizes laboratory and field needs of agency and provides guidance in solving problems with appropriate recommendations and well-designed experiments.