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"A Career in Public Practice: Are you up to the Challenge?"

A Symposium on Careers in the Government - 2008 SAVMA Convention
Foy Student Union, Room 246 (Auburn Campus)
March 21, 2008

Symposium Overview

  • A symposium on careers in the federal government.
  • Speakers from the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (APHIS,VS), APHIS, Animal Care and the Food Safety Inspection Service, the Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, Homeland Security and other branches of the US government will explain internship and employment opportunities.

Symposium Agenda & Presentations

Download or print the Symposium Agenda (PDF).

Some of the symposium presentations are now available in PDF format. Please use the links below to view the presenations.

8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Linda Detwiler, Assistant Director
Center for Public and Coporate Veterinary Medicine
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
"A Career in Public Veterinary Practice: Are you up to the Challenge?"
8:45 am USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Animal Care
Dr. Kay Carter-Corker, Assistant Regional Director, Eastern Region
"Animal Care: The Reasons We Care..."
9:15 am USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services
Dr. Krista Martin, Area Epidemiology Officer, Georgia
"Public Veterinary Practice: A Career with APHIS, Veterinary Services"
9:45 am USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service
Dr. Quita Bowman-Blackwell, Chief of Policy Operations
"Food Safety and Public Health Veterinary Career Opportunities"
10:15 am Break
11:15 am Student Presentations - Externship Experience
Ms. Cheryl Eia, Iowa State
"Externship at USDA/CEAH/NAHMS"
Ms. Greta Jeitler, St. George’s
"Externship at USDA/NAHMS"
11:45 am Student Training Opportunities
Dr.Robert Dickens, USDA, APHIS, VS, Professional Development Staff
Noon Heifer International
Marie S. McCabe, DVM, Director of Community Education
"Heifer International: Sustainable Agriculture for a Healthy World through Values Based Holistic Community Development"
1 pm Centers for Disease Control
Capt. Stephanie Ostrowski, DVM, MPVM
"Herd Health, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health – Relevance and Opportunities"
1:30 pm Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Jeff Jones, Veterinary Medical Officer
Animal Biotechnology, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation
Center for Veterinary Medicine
"Opportunities for Veterinarians within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration"
2 pm Department of Homeland Security
Dr. John Sanders, Branch Chief of the Food Preparedness / Defense Coordination
2:30 pm Student Presentation – Externship Experience
Ms. Romina Hennig, University of Florida
"Externship at USDA/APHIS Headquarters in Riverdale, Maryland"
2:45 pm Break
3-4 pm How to apply for a government job
Ms. Linda Blackmon, Human Resources Specialist
Ms. Keisa Brown, Human Resources Specialist
"Applying for a Job with the USDA through USAJOBS"
"Applying for a Federal Job"

Speaker Biographies

The following speaker biographies are provided in PDF format.

2007 Career Symposium

View information and presentations from the 2007 Career Symposium.