National Association of Federal Veterinarians

National Association of Federal Veterinarians Advocating for Federal Veterinarians in the federal government since 1918. Advocating for Federal Veterinarians in the Federal Government since 1918.
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REMINDER: NAFV Annual Membership Meeting is coming up! Thursday, November 19th 7 PM EST Register here: https://bit.ly/36...
11/12/2020

REMINDER: NAFV Annual Membership Meeting is coming up!

Thursday, November 19th
7 PM EST

Register here: https://bit.ly/36y9quK

The right time to implement Professional Pay for Federal Veterinarians is now!  COVID has made the importance of veterin...
11/11/2020
Biden's Transition Has Focused on Civil Service Issues...

The right time to implement Professional Pay for Federal Veterinarians is now! COVID has made the importance of veterinarians in federal service, in places like FDA, CDC, USDA and elsewhere, critical to public health preparedness and response.

Biden's Transition Has Focused on Civil Service Issues as Familiar Faces Spearhead Efforts

2020 Election Update: For our members (and all federal employees) make sure you review the HATCH Act summary we put toge...
11/06/2020

2020 Election Update:

For our members (and all federal employees) make sure you review the HATCH Act summary we put together in our latest issue of the Federal Veterinarian newsletter. You can also find a link to the summary below.

https://conta.cc/2GnZmeU

Also, while we as a nation continue to wait for the National Election results, we are thrilled to announce that our NAFV BOD Election votes have been counted & confirmed. Currently, we are in the process of contacting all candidates.

We will be announcing the 2021-2022 NAFV Board of Directors results within the next few days.

Our first newsletter from October 20, 1920.
10/30/2020
NAFV’s First Newsletter Published October 20, 1922 Republished

Our first newsletter from October 20, 1920.

NAFV is beginning a long overdue process of knowledge management. We are beginning to scan and publish On our website ALL our issues of the FedVet newsletter going back 98 years to October 20, 1922. Members can find thi...

Imagine for a second that you are about to make a classic American turkey club sandwich. What would be some of the ingre...
10/29/2020
Introducing the National Association of Federal Veterinarians

Imagine for a second that you are about to make a classic American turkey club sandwich. What would be some of the ingredients you would need for such? Fresh bread with a thin layer of mayo, medium-thick slices of turkey topped with some salty bacon, and fresh crisp tomato and lettuce to top it all off. While you may not realize it, you have Federal Veterinarians to thank.

FEDforum - October 13, 2020

An executive order that challenges the Civil Service status of many of our members. A number of Associations representin...
10/28/2020
A Message From NARFE President Ken Thomas

An executive order that challenges the Civil Service status of many of our members. A number of Associations representing federal employees have voiced their concern and objections. Here is the National Association of Retired Federal Employees message on the E.O.

On October 21, the administration issued an executive order that will politicize and undermine the integrity of the civil service. By creating a Schedule F category of excepted service positions, federal agencies now hav...

FEDForum Feature: Introducing the National Association of Federal Veterinarians “But I thought veterinarians only took c...
10/15/2020
Introducing the National Association of Federal Veterinarians — FEDmanager

FEDForum Feature: Introducing the National Association of Federal Veterinarians

“But I thought veterinarians only took care of pets” you may say. Federal veterinarians are engaged in public practice rather than private practice. Their efforts lie at the intersections of human, animal, and environmental health. They work in programs such as public health, food safety and food animal production, bio-defense in the form of antimicrobial resistance and foreign animal disease prevention, pandemic preparedness, and disaster readiness and response. The most obvious connection between their work and the turkey club is in the primary ingredients, the turkey and bacon. In both poultry and swine production, veterinarians help protect against production losses caused by serious diseases and provide key supervisory and technical components of the food inspection programs that ensure safe and wholesome standards for consumers.

On the live-animal side, veterinarians are also involved in disease tracking and eradication programs that ensure continuous supply. Some of the ways these efforts have impacted animal health include the eradication of brucellosis and tuberculosis in both swine and cattle, pseudorabies, etc. in the United States. They also include responses to animal disease outbreaks such as H1N1 avian influenza. These efforts culminate in the ensuring of a steady, economically stable food supply being made available to the American public.

Further, some of the other roles performed by federal veterinarians may be less obvious but are no less important. For example, veterinarians involved in vector-borne disease (carried by insects) work impact the protection of livestock and plants from foreign pests and diseases. So, in a less-direct way, the lettuce and tomatoes that are in your turkey club sandwich have also been aided by federal veterinary work. Federal veterinarians play key roles in national agricultural defense through domestic and foreign animal disease protection programs. Such efforts have been instrumental in ensuring the prosperity of US trade interests, including food and agriculture exports.

Outside of the agriculture sphere, federal veterinarians also play a critical role in supporting human and public health efforts through animal disease work. For example, work centered around zoonotic diseases (such as COVID-19), benefits greatly from veterinary expertise in epidemiology and response efforts. Indeed, all the different facets of public veterinary work are deeply engrained in public health and one health frameworks. As such, ensuring that the federal veterinary workforce is well-equipped, both in numbers and expertise, becomes an important task.

https://fedmanager.com/news/introducing-the-national-association-of-federal-veterinarians

Imagine for a second that you are about to make a classic American turkey club sandwich. What would be some of the ingredients you would need for such? Fresh bread with a thin layer of mayo, medium-thick slices of turkey topped with some salty bacon, and fresh crisp tomato and lettuce to top it all

Join us for our next AAVPM CE Webinar: Livestock in a Humanitarian Crisis Presented by Dr. Christine Jost (USAID) on Thu...
10/06/2020

Join us for our next AAVPM CE Webinar: Livestock in a Humanitarian Crisis

Presented by Dr. Christine Jost (USAID) on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7 pm EDT.

Because animal health emergencies of international concern (AHEIC) fall under the mandate of FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), responding to livestock disease outbreaks is not covered in LEGS. Instead, in 2011 the FAO developed the Good Emergency Management Practices (GEMP) guide widely used by veterinary services. This session will review LEGS standards for destocking, veterinary support, ensuring feed supplies, provision of water, shelter and settlement, and restocking, introduce the GEMP prepare, prevent, detect, respond, and recover cycle, and introduce best practices in fisheries and aquaculture emergency response.

Register below: https://nafv.org/aavpm-courses

Ever wonder what a veterinarian working for the federal government does?  Feeds the world with healthy and wholesome liv...
10/01/2020
USDA Updates the National Poultry Improvement Plan

Ever wonder what a veterinarian working for the federal government does? Feeds the world with healthy and wholesome livestock and poultry safe for human consumption and a whole lot more. But this article is about improving animal health for poultry.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is updating the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) to align with changes in the poultry industry and to incorp...

FEDWEEK: 11th Hour Arrives to Extend Agency Funding Authority, Prevent Shutdown"Congress is going down to the wire on a ...
09/29/2020
11th Hour Arrives to Extend Agency Funding Authority, Prevent Shutdown

FEDWEEK: 11th Hour Arrives to Extend Agency Funding Authority, Prevent Shutdown

"Congress is going down to the wire on a measure (HR-8337) to continue funding authority for federal agencies that otherwise expires at midnight Wednesday with the end of the 2020 fiscal year, although it still appears that action will occur in time to prevent a partial government shutdown.

The measure—passed by the House and pending a vote in the Senate—for the most part would extend spending authority at current levels through December 11. It would add funds for certain veterans, health care, nutrition and farm relief programs while also authorizing agencies to spend at rates needed to prevent furloughs or layoffs of employees."

The Senate is expected to vote on this measure tonight or tomorrow.

https://www.fedweek.com/fedweek/11th-hour-arrives-to-extend-agency-funding-authority-prevent-shutdown/

Congress is going down to the wire on a measure (HR-8337) to continue funding authority for federal agencies that otherwise expires at midnight Wednesday

The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science for SocietyTuesday, September 221:00 p.m. Eastern, Noon Centr...
09/16/2020
The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science ...

The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science for Society
Tuesday, September 22
1:00 p.m. Eastern, Noon Central, 11:00 a.m. Mountain, 10:00 a.m. Pacific

The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology presents a free webinar featuring research from its new commentary The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science for Society followed by Q&A with a panel of...

Unfortunately this is the best guidance we can find for you.  Remember this tax holiday is temporary and you will have t...
09/14/2020
Vague OMB guidance on payroll tax deferral leaves many questions

Unfortunately this is the best guidance we can find for you. Remember this tax holiday is temporary and you will have to pay it back each pay period January through April of 2021.

By Nicole Ogrysko | @nogryskoWFED September 11, 2020 6:29 pm 4 min read

NAFV and many other organizations representing federal employees supports giving feds the ability to opt out of the payr...
09/04/2020
Planned Payroll Tax Deferrals Create Minefield for Feds

NAFV and many other organizations representing federal employees supports giving feds the ability to opt out of the payroll deferment program. Giving them little notice and no information on ramifications for future repayment without the ability to opt out is gross mismanagement.

https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2020/09/planned-payroll-tax-deferrals-create-minefield-feds/168165/

If the deferment is made permanent, employees could see a lower payout in retirement; if not, employees could receive a large tax bill next year, union official says.

Join us for our next NAFV/AAVPM Webinar: Bacteriophage and Bacterial Genomics for Discovery of Alternative Antimicrobial...
08/17/2020

Join us for our next NAFV/AAVPM Webinar: Bacteriophage and Bacterial Genomics for Discovery of Alternative Antimicrobials!

Presented by Dr. Bruce, S. Seal
Thursday, August 26, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Registration details at the following link: https://nafv.org/aavpm-courses

Join us in wishing a very happy belated birthday to our NAFV President-Elect, Dr. Deanna Brown! Happy birthday, Doc! Tha...
08/04/2020

Join us in wishing a very happy belated birthday to our NAFV President-Elect, Dr. Deanna Brown! Happy birthday, Doc!

Thank you for all of the work you and your fellow Public Health Veterinarians continue to do to keep our nation's food supply safe & wholesome.

Unprecedented times require new solutions. The risk of exposure to COVID-19 and it’s potential devistating consequences ...
07/31/2020
Disaster Distress Helpline

Unprecedented times require new solutions. The risk of exposure to COVID-19 and it’s potential devistating consequences create fear and apprehension in all of us. Fortunately there is help if you just reach out for it. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration maintains and is expanding its:

Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

If Congress wants to take action on federal pay, now is the time! As Craig Carter from FMA stated, “The civilian workfor...
07/20/2020
The ‘optics’ may cost feds again this year by Federal News

If Congress wants to take action on federal pay, now is the time!

As Craig Carter from FMA stated, “The civilian workforce has not wavered in the face of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and deserves to be recognized & compensated fairly."

This article is from Federal News Network, for further information please visit  https://bit.ly/39lf2JZ

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE: HOW YOUR AGENCY IS REOPENINGFederal News Network has been collecting information on Agencies' cont...
07/14/2020
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE: How your agency is reopening | Federal News Network

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE: HOW YOUR AGENCY IS REOPENING

Federal News Network has been collecting information on Agencies' continued response to COVID-19, which will be updated as additional information, updates and resources become available. They are also collecting agency reopening plans.

https://federalnewsnetwork.com/coronavirus-resource-find-out-what-your-agency-is-planning/

This page will be updated as additional information, updates and resources regarding the coronavirus become available.

Notably missing from this article is the persistent pay discrepancy between private-veterinarians and federal/public vet...
06/29/2020
How Does The Federal Government Attract Employees Who AREN'T Overpaid?

Notably missing from this article is the persistent pay discrepancy between private-veterinarians and federal/public veterinarians. A strong, highly-skilled veterinary workforce is critical, particularly in a globalized world where zoonotic diseases can spread more easily than ever (anybody heard of COVID-19?).

A lack of competitive salaries for those with professional degrees can have serious human capital ramifications for the federal workforce, including its veterinary workforce. NAFV continues to work to highlight the critical role that veterinarians play in our public health infrastructure.

A new Congressional Budget Office analysis finds that most federal employees receive significantly higher pay than private sector workers. But the very best-educated federal workers, those with professional and doctoral degrees, get lower pay. If so, how does the government manage to hire them?

NAFV Call to Action! https://conta.cc/2VcQA7NRecently, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee...
06/24/2020

NAFV Call to Action!
https://conta.cc/2VcQA7N

Recently, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a white paper titled “Planning for the Next Pandemic” and is seeking public comments by 5 pm on June 26.

The World is now 'living' what the One Health Community has been teaching and warning about for 15+ years. U.S. Lawmakers need to hear from the One Health community now, as Congress is developing legislation to prepare for the next pandemic. The time to act is NOW!

As a reminder, please remember to engage in such activities on your own time, through your own personal devices, and within your private citizen capacity. For any questions on HATCH Act limitations, please contact the NAFV National Office at 202-223-4878.

https://conta.cc/2VcQA7N

Senate Health Committee Chairman Alexander Says Congress Should Prepare This Year for the Next PandemicUS Senate Committ...
06/17/2020
Senate Health Committee Chairman Alexander Says Congress Should Prepare This Year for the Next Pandemic | The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Senate Health Committee Chairman Alexander Says Congress Should Prepare This Year for the Next Pandemic

US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions released white paper with five recommendations, requests feedback by June 26.

FIVE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Tests, Treatments, and Vaccines – Accelerate Research and Development

Disease Surveillance – Expand Ability to Detect, Identify, Model, and Track Emerging Infectious Diseases

Stockpiles, Distribution, and Surges – Rebuild and Maintain Federal and State Stockpiles and Improve Medical Supply Surge Capacity and Distribution

Public Health Capabilities – Improve State and Local Capacity to Respond

Who Is on the Flagpole? – Improve Coordination of Federal Agencies During a Public Health Emergency

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Upcoming AAVPM Webinar: The Challenges of Emerging and Foreign Animal Diseases in a Covid-19 EnvironmentThursday, June 1...
06/11/2020

Upcoming AAVPM Webinar: The Challenges of Emerging and Foreign Animal Diseases in a Covid-19 Environment

Thursday, June 18, 2020

12:30 - 1:30 PM ET

For more info: https://conta.cc/3dWosgo

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General information

The National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) is a constituent body of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), formed during the AVMA annual meeting in 1918 by a small group of Bureau of Animal Industry veterinarians. It has grown to approximately 1,000 members since, and is recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as the representative organization for federally employed veterinarians and as an association of managers and supervisors. NAFV strives to serve both veterinarians and the agencies they work for by facilitating communication, making suggestions for improvements, and working collaboratively to address issues of concern. As an advocate for veterinarians in federal service, NAFV emphasizes professionalism and expertise in federal service, while promoting continuing education, teamwork, and a standard of excellence.

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I was wondering if there was any opportunity for mentorship. I was in small animal and shelter practice for seven years before leaving to pursue my MPH full time. I went to vet school in Scotland, so had a lot of agriculture and livestock exposure. I am also category I accredited and am working towards category II. I would like to work for APHIS, but have not been able to land any interviews yet. Would anybody be able to help me review my resume so that I can improve weaknesses to make me a better candidate? Many thanks in advance, Anik Chavez
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512159100 This is amazing opportunity and a positive step in the right direction for veterinarians within FSIS. You would also get the opportunity to work with NAFV as well as veterinary colleges and other employers of veterinarians.
Many opportunities available to volunteer for the veterinary profession in the AVMA! As a volunteer, your travel, lodging, and meals are covered by the AVMA. We currently are seeking volunteers to fill the following positions: AVMA Board of Directors Committee and Trust Positions Council Positions AVMA Officers American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) Positions Council on Education (COE) Positions Interested candidates should submit nomination materials via email to [email protected] via fax to (847) 925-0944; or via mail to AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL, 60173. You can also sign up for email alerts about volunteer opportunities with the AVMA. If you're not quite ready to get involved in AVMA governance but would like to get more involved with the association, we'd love to have your help! Please contact [email protected] with any questions or to learn more about AVMA's volunteer opportunities: https://www.avma.org/Members/Volunteer/BecomeAVolunteer/Pages/vacancies.aspx You can also reach out to NAFV on Facebook here or contact us at http://www.nafv.org/ to assist you with any questions about what volunteering is all about!
My agency is working on recruitment/retention of veterinarians. I have asked those that are my immediate circle of friends but wanted to branch out to others to get diverse perspectives. My questions to you all: What attracted you to your agency? Why do you stay with your agency? If you were being recruited by another agency, what incentives would tempt you to take the offer? In addition, if you have any suggestions on retaining/recruiting veterinarians to the federal government. Please let me know. You can contact me via this post, private message, or email at [email protected]. Any comments, suggestions, or answers are greatly appreciated.