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If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.

Animal Products

Live Animals






International health certificates for the export of animals from the United States are completed by the accredited veterinarian who certifies herd and animal health status, conducts tests, and records test results for the individual animals being exported. Completed and signed international health certificates for the export of animals from the United States must be endorsed by a Veterinary Services area office in order to be valid.

The United States has minimal requirements for animals to be exported to other countries. Your Area Veterinarian-in-Charge can provide you with the current regulations, tests, and inspections required. Approved ports of embarkation and shipping requirements can be found in 9 CFR 91. Each country may have other specific health requirements for entry of animals. These requirements are established by the importing country, not the United States. Other countries may also have their own certificate format for export. Since export requirements frequently change, obtain the current export requirements from the Veterinary Service office in your area before each shipment. Do not rely solely on information provided by brokers and exporters. Export certificates are official documents and they should be typewritten, accurate, and complete.

International Services (IS) is seeking a secretary and personal assistant to the IS Deputy Administrator (ISDA).  The ideal candidate is detail oriented and customer focused in a variety of high-level secretarial and administrative settings in order to support the ISDA.

The ISDA is looking for the following key skills:

  • Ability to interact with high-ranking managers and secretaries of Departments, other Federal agencies/governmental departments, State and private industry officials, universities, and representatives of foreign governments.
  • Analyze and format written materials and briefing documents that require immediate or special attention.
  • Establish priorities and adjust them to changing office needs.
  • Arrange high-level meetings, conferences and planning sessions.
  • Knowledge of administrative concepts and practices sufficient to enable the candidate to recommend changes in administrative policies, devise and install procedures and office practices.
  • Knowledge of a variety of office automation software such as word processing, WebTA, Outlook calendars, spreadsheets and Govtrip.
  • Ability to plan, develop, coordinate and communicate, orally and in writing. 

Candidates should have at least 1 year of experience at the next lower level and possess strong secretarial and administrative skills and be able to juggle multiple projects and deadlines. 

The preferred grade level for this opportunity a GS-9.  The detail will tentatively begin on/about August 1, 2014 and continue for at least 90 days, possibly 120 days.  

The primary duty location for this detail is Riverdale, Maryland.  However, some time may be spent in the ISDA’s Washington, DC office.

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