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Various Veterinarian Positions (Inventory)

Reference number: ICA23J-081095-000019
Selection process number: 23-ICA-NCR-OE-VAR-AHS-697
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Various locations
VM-03, VM-04
$103,401 to $134,058 (salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: 30 October 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

We will only accept applications received through the GC Jobs website, therefore you must submit your application by clicking on “Apply online” in this advertisement. Persons who are unable to apply online must use the “Contact information” below, prior to the closing date, to request specialized accommodation.


Staffing for various VM-03 positions. Some of the duties may include:

• Monitors, evaluates and analyses current trends and developments in the sciences related to animal health, meat hygiene, feed, aquatic animal health and national operations and risk assessment strategies; prepares and updates course content and training materials in accordance with current trends and developments.
• Conducts and reports audits on export programs, both nationally and internationally.
• Supervise student workers and trainees. Providing guidance related to the definition of functions and explains responsibilities; reports on progress of projects and provides feedback.
• Prepares and supports the preparation of written reports; briefings, ministerial correspondence, and carries out assigned work and responsibilities; responds to inquiries and develops recommendations and decisions for use by programs to enable uniformity and consistency.
• Conducts quality assurance, risk assessment and regulatory audits to assess the compliance of regulated establishments with acts, regulations and accreditation requirements.
• Supports the development of policy, regulation and guidance materials for animal health related programs.
• Provides veterinary scientific or technical analysis, advice, and recommendations to science or program managers or to the senior veterinary science specialist in support Agency programs.

Staffing for various VM-04 positions. Some of the duties may include:

• Reviews, evaluates and prioritizes information regarding scientific and technical data on the management of animal health–related activities, established standard research practices and risk identification/characterization; evaluates deviations and identifies options for developing or updating policies, regulations, guidelines and manuals to provide assistance and advice to senior management and external clients as directed by the manager.
• Leads and conducts national and international environmental scans and program impact assessments to provide information on developments in technology, political entities and public opinion that may or will influence the need for and acceptability of policies, regulations, guidelines, manuals, hazard plans and business transactions, and to ensure that new and modified programs and procedures are consistent with current legislation, regulations and guidelines and the latest scientific knowledge.
• Directly or functionally leads and supervises assigned resources and identifies skills needed to develop programs, promote, provide and participate in employee training and professional development; sets goals and objectives, prepares and implements plans.
• Provides expert advice and guidance on addressing complex or unusual problems and crisis situations.
• Leads the development of policy, regulation and guidance materials for animal health related programs.

Work environment

We offer a bilingual, science-based environment, with excellent benefits, flexible hours, opportunities for advancement, an emphasis on learning and development, and a high level of employee satisfaction. Join a workforce that’s as diverse as the people it serves. You can find some more great reasons to join us on our website: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/cfia-jobs/top-10-reasons-to-join-us/eng/1299859095075/1299859142835.

The CFIA has embraced the common hybrid work model where employees will work a minimum of 40% of their regular work schedule on-site each week at a CFIA approved location. The possibility for hybrid or telework is based on various considerations such as operational requirements, team and individual needs. Flexible Work Arrangements, including full-time telework, when appropriate, may be discussed with the manager at the time of hiring.

Intent of the process

The intent is to have an inventory of candidates to draw from when vacancies arise for current and future needs at CFIA. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis as long as the poster is active.

If there are large number of applications, we may be applying volume management strategies throughout the selection process such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores and/or random selection.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.


EEd1 - Graduation from a recognized school of Veterinary Medicine, defined as:
o graduation from a veterinary school accredited or approved by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA); or
o graduation from another veterinary school and holding a Certificate of Qualification (Parts A, B & C) granted by the National Examining Board of the CVMA

Degree equivalency


Eligibility for membership in a Canadian veterinary association, defined as:
o current members of a Canadian veterinary association with a license recognized by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association; and
o non-members of Canadian veterinary associations holding a Certificate of Qualification granted by the National Examining Board (NEB) of the CVMA.

This means possession of or eligibility for an unconditional general license that constitutes acceptable evidence of occupational competence and that is granted by an organization legally established by federal, provincial or territorial law as a certifying or licensing body.

Eligibility means that an individual has met all academic and occupational requirements with respect to degrees, examinations etc., without having to have obtained or maintained actual registration, certification or membership.

Eligibility for an unconditional general license as a Veterinarian also includes the mandatory requirement of successful completion of the National Examination Board (NEB) examinations (Parts A & B, as well as Part C for foreign-trained individuals).

For those applying for positions within the CFIA, a copy of their degree, as well as proof of successful completion of the NEB examinations (Parts A & B, and Part C for foreign-trained individuals), is required. In circumstances where an individual does not have proof of completion of the NEB examinations, the CFIA will require certification from the appropriate provincial licensing body that the individual is eligible for licensing by the association.

Continuously employed employees in the VM Group who have previously been deemed to meet the occupational certification requirement, are still deemed to meet the minimum requirement (grandparent-protected).

Individuals who were formerly appointed to the VM Group, then retired or resigned, and who are rehired, and who have previously been deemed to meet the occupational certification requirement, are still deemed to meet this minimum requirement when rehired (grandparent-protected).

Employees in the VM Group who meet the occupational certification requirement by virtue of a public service license are exceptions to the VM Group Selection Standard and are only protected for the position they currently occupy.


EE1 - Experience (Significant* experience for VM-04 positions) in providing advice and recommendations to stakeholders, in a written format related to at least one of the following:
- Animal health;
- Food safety;
- Meat Hygiene;
- General Veterinary Medicine;
- Laboratory Environment;
- International;
- Veterinary Biologics; or
- Veterinary Drugs

EE2 - Experience (Significant* experience for VM-04 positions) working in multi-disciplinary groups in the area of policy, science, regulatory or programs

EE3 - Experience (Significant* experience for VM-04 positions) working with stakeholders on complex issues**

*Significant (VM-04 ONLY) is defined by the depth, breadth, variety and level of autonomy demonstrated over a period of approximately 2 years.

** Complex issues are defined as multi-dimensional, sensitive, confidential, affecting stakeholders/partners, precedent-setting or impacting the operations.


Essential qualifications, such as competencies, abilities and knowledge will vary depending on the position being staffed. Essential qualifications will be assessed by the manager prior to an appointment being made.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC, BBB/BBB, English Essential, French Essential

Official languages proficiency will not be assessed for entry to the pool. Candidates entered in the pool will have an opportunity for assessment of their official languages proficiency if and when they are considered for an appointment.

If an insufficient number of qualified candidates are identified who meet the bilingual requirements, non-imperative staffing may be considered.

For acting appointments and assignments, the candidate may not be required to meet the language requirements of the position.

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


AEd1 - A Masters or PhD in a natural, physical or applied science from a recognized post-secondary institution, with a specialization in animal health, epidemiology, microbiology, virology, molecular biology, or a related discipline.

Degree equivalency


AEx1 - Experience in design or delivery of programs, policies and standards for import/export of live animals, animal products, by-products including meat, or seafood.

AEx2 - Experience in advancing trade issues by negotiating with trading partners, international organizations, regulated parties or stakeholders (e.g. industry associations, other government departments or agencies).

AEx3 - Significant* experience in at least one of the following programs :
- Aquatic Animal Health (Import, Export, and/or Disease Control);
- Terrestrial Animal Health (Import, Export, Disease Control, Trace, and/or Humane Transportation Animal Welfare, Animal Health Emergency preparedness / response);
- Veterinary biologics or veterinary drugs;
- Meat Hygiene – Slaughter - Red Meat and/or Poultry (including food import, export and animal welfare at slaughter); or
- Sciences (Surveillance, Epidemiology, Microbiology, Laboratory Services).

AEx4 - Significant* experience reviewing, explaining and providing technical, regulatory or scientific information, clarification or advice to the inspectorate, industry or other stakeholders.

AEx5 - Experience in designing, developing or delivering training.

AEx6 - Experience conducting audits and document reviews.

AEx7 - Significant* experience in researching, analyzing and synthesizing animal health data and in the critical evaluation of the scientific literature and conducting literature reviews.

AEx8 - Significant* experience in the use of statistical software for the production of scientific reports related to disease trends, risk factors, modeling or network analysis in the field of veterinary epidemiology.

AEx9 - Experience developing disease surveillance approaches and providing advice in relation to disease freedom.

AEx10 - Experience evaluating veterinary infrastructure of countries and zoosanitary status within the context of import risk analysis.

AEx11 - Experience conducting complex and timely risk assessments, which contribute to the development of policies in animal health and welfare, trade, surveillance or disease control programs.

AEx12 - Experience in the implementation of innovative approaches and solutions relevant to Animal Health.

AEx13 - Experience in the collection and generation of intelligence and in the production of risk intelligence products.

AEx14 - Experience in foreign or domestic animal disease control or eradication programs.

AEx15 - Experience in forgien or domestic animal disease response.

AEx16 - Experience contributing to or developing Animal Health emergency planning activities or response.

AEx17 - Experience implanting change management strategies in at least one of the following:
- Meat Hygiene,
- Animal Health; or
- Food Safety.

AEx18 - Experience in directing and conducting the evaluation of scientific data related to animal health issues.

AEx19 - Significant* experience in veterinary clinical practice or working in a veterinary diagnostic or research laboratory.

AEx20 - Experience in reviewing, researching and analyzing scientific and technical information and in the production of scientific reports.

AEx21 - Experience making risk based decisions or providing advice for risk based decisions related to policy or procedures.

AEx22 - Experience supervising staff.

AEx23 - Experience developing risk assessment strategies at the intersection of public, animal and ecosystem health.

AEx24 - Experience in liaising and establishing linkages with government or non-governmental officials (academia, industry) demonstrated through strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

AEx25 - Experience in communicating (oral and written) scientific results in the field of veterinary epidemiology to different audiences.

*Significant is defined by the depth, breadth, variety and level of autonomy demonstrated over a period of approximately 2 years.


Asset qualifications, such as competencies, abilities and knowledge will vary depending on the position being staffed. Asset qualifications will be assessed by the manager prior to an appointment being made.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment:
- Willing and available to travel, as required
- Willing and available to work irregular hours (e.g., days, nights, weekends, statutory holidays)
- Willing and available to work overtime, as required
- Willing and able to be immunized as indicated by job risk, location, overseas travel and other identified risks
- Willing to work in various locations, including third-party premises

Other information

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.


Personal information is obtained for the purpose of determining an individual’s competence and suitability for employment. If a staffing complaint questions this determination, please be advised that relevant personal information you will provide in the course of this staffing process may be disclosed to substantiate the staffing decision.

Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this staffing process.

You are entitled to participate in the staffing process in the official language of your choice.
For this staffing process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this staffing process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the staffing process.

Applicants who are screened in to this staffing process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this staffing process.

Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA's needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the staffing process.

A current copy of your resume may be used as another source to confirm the education and experience you will be asked to describe in the screening questions. It may also be reviewed by prospective hiring managers at the appointment stage.

For more information on how to apply to a CFIA staffing process, please visit: https://inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/job-opportunities/how-to-apply/eng/1340676915348/1340679107182

You may be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the staffing process.

Various assessment tools may be used in this staffing process such as: standardized tests, reference checks, written tests, an interview, etc.

All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the staffing process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Staffing and Recruitment, Human Resources
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