APHIS works to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. APHIS International Services (IS) supports this mission in an international environment by: (1) collaborating with foreign partners to control pests and diseases before they can harm the U.S.; (2) facilitating safe agricultural trade; (3) ensuring effective and efficient management of internationally-based programs; and (4) investing in international capacity-building with foreign counterparts to build technical and regulatory skills that prevent the spread of damaging pests and diseases.
Dec. 1, 2017 - The more than 35 FSOs who work for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) International Services (IS) program perform a wide variety of tasks that might find them meeting with a country’s agricultural minister one day, visiting a farm or food processing facility that same week, and the next week teaching a conference on the prevention of highly pathogenic avian influenza. APHIS is currently recruiting for FSO Trainees to become Veterinary Medical Officers and Agriculturists.
If you are interested in becoming an IS Foreign Service Officer, please search USAJobs under the following categories Agency: Department of Agriculture, Position: Veterinary Medical Officer https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485103600 or Agriculturist https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/485144200
Dec. 20, 2017 - USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Ted McKinney, visited the Pacora facility on December 1, 2017. During the visit, Under Secretary McKinney received a briefing on the Program’s capabilities and successes from Program Director Dr. Antonio Arroyave and Plant Director Gwen Keller. Working out of the Program’s facility in Pacora, Panama, IS specialists work to keep screwworm, a harmful pest that attacks warm-blooded animals, from returning to the United States.
Jan.11, 2018 - Dr. Luis Lecuona, IS veterinarian-in-charge of the Wildlife Program in Mexico City, Mexico, attended the Second International Seminar of Feral Swine held in Rivera/Santana do Livramento, at the Uruguayan – Brazilian border, where nearly 100 feral swine specialists from agricultural agencies, universities, research centers, producer organizations, and hunting agencies in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, as well as special guests from the University of Queensland in Australia and representatives from APHIS International Services discussed the feral swine presence, damage, and control strategies in the region. A comprehensive agenda of technical presentations and roundtable discussions was developed to review the management alternatives for feral swine control in South America.
Dec. 14, 2017 - Rabies continues to affect many nations in the Western Hemisphere, and International Services (IS) staff work closely with other APHIS offices and foreign partners to control and eliminate the disease. From November 28th to 30th, 2017, Luis Lecuona, the IS veterinarian in charge of the Wildlife Program in Mexico, attended the 16th meeting of the Rabies Program Directors in the Americas (REDIPRA) and a conference, “Rabies: Unfinished Challenges – An Unfinished Process.”