The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service(USDA APHIS) is the agency within USDA that is charged with protecting American agriculture (http://www.aphis.usda.gov ). APHIS was founded in 1972, consolidating the plant and animal health bureaus under one roof. According to their website, APHIS’ broad mission area includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. APHIS has six operational units: Animal Care; Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS); International Services and Trade Support Team (IS); Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ); Veterinary Services (VS); and Wildlife Services (WS).
APHIS employees 673 Veterinary Medical Officers (VMOs) located throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. In the Best Places to Work in the Federal Governement 2007 survey, APHIS ranks in the top 50 out of 222 agencies surveyed (http://bestplacestowork.org ). APHIS has scholarship and internship opportunities (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/career_opportunities/student_programs.shtml )–the GRD staff has met many of the APHIS interns, and one former AVMA Extern, Kate Bowers (Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine-Go Hokies!), worked at APHIS for three years, then received an APHIS scholarship to attend veterinary school. Information about employment opportunities can be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/career_opportunities
“It’s a Great Day to Work for APHIS!”