Our Agency protects the public from foodborne illnesses. Assisting in this mission are approximately 1,100 dedicated Public Health Veterinarians (Veterinary Medical Officers) who are trained in public health and regulatory medicine. FSIS is the largest employer of veterinarians in the United States.
FSIS has partnered with the U.S. Public Health Service to provide Commissioned Corps veterinarians new opportunities in food safety programs.
What do FSIS Public Health Veterinarians do?
Our veterinarians supervise 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.
Most but not all FSIS veterinarians work in meat and poultry plants. Veterinarians enforce federal meat and poultry inspection procedures:
- During live animal transport and handling, including humane slaughter oversight;
- Throughout the entire establishment, including processing operations;
- During transportation and distribution of meat, poultry and egg products to markets and retail stores.
FSIS veterinarians advise academia, industry and professional groups on the effectiveness of food safety controls.
In addition to working in inspected establishments, veterinarians are employed as epidemiologists, pathologists, auditors, risk analysts and biosecurity experts. Veterinarians in FSIS are executive leaders, international liaisons, and program managers. FSIS veterinarians investigate outbreaks of foodborne illness in collaboration with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They assess State inspection programs; design new inspection systems and procedures; evaluate agency programs to assess their effectiveness in ensuring the safety of meat, poultry and egg products; create and deliver training and educational programs; and perform other challenging tasks that ultimately protect you and your family from foodborne illnesses.
Your veterinary education and experience is valued and needed in our Agency. This position does require a passing of a pre-employment physical.
For more information, you may call FSIS Human Resources Operations in Minneapolis, at 1-800-370-3747.