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Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Various locations across the Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) and Ontario
$69,011 to $83,324 (Salary under review)For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: N/A

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada.

Important messages

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

In your application, please identify the legal status which entitles you to work in Canada – Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit. You will be asked to show proof of this status in order to complete the security screening required for employment. Failure to provide this information will eliminate your application from further consideration.

Individuals without Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or an open or CFIA-specific work permit will only be considered if all other applicants with legal status to work in Canada are determined to be not qualified.

CFIA is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce of Canadian society, and to the equitable representation of women (especially in non-tradition occupational groups), aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability and members of the visible minority group. We encourage members of these designated groups to self-identify.


CFIA Veterinarians play a key role in Canadian food safety, forming the first line of defence against the spread of many diseases. They help to maintain healthy practices in the food and livestock industries, including sound meat hygiene and terrestrial/aquatic animal health and within research and diagnostic laboratories. Their work includes educating the public and industry officials about the potential hazards of importing products of animal origin, or through inspection of animals and meat products. CFIA Veterinarians work in a broad range of environments, performing a wide variety of critical tasks. Some key activities include:

• Animal disease control and surveillance
• Import and export of animals and animal products
• Meat hygiene
• Food recall and emergency response

 Meat Hygiene Veterinarian – VM-01
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, working in slaughter establishments performing ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of animals, providing consultation services to inspection staff, stakeholders and other government organizations; training of inspection staff and new veterinarians; and compiling and maintaining reports for management; ensuring compliance with regulations and ensuring humane transport of animals in accordance with international standards and regulations.
 Animal Health Veterinarian – VM-01
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, assisting in the delivery of the CFIA’s Animal Health Programs through various activities including investigating incidents of reportable diseases, conducting inspections of animal/animal products, ensuring compliance with regulations and ensuring humane transport of animals in accordance with international standards and regulations; working in meat establishments as required operationally.

Work environment

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Intent of the process

A qualified pool of candidates will be established. This pool of candidates may be used to staff positions with similar qualifications, with various language requirements, various conditions of employment and/or various tenures including term appointments, indeterminate appointment, acting appointments and/or assignments.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum)

Contact information for 2 references.

A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses that you are taking now, or that you will be taking this academic year.

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


• Graduation from a recognized school of Veterinary Medicine, defined as: Graduation from a veterinary school accredited or approved by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA); or
• Graduation from another veterinary school and holding a Certificate of Qualification granted by the National Examining Board of the CVMA, and


Eligibility for membership in a Canadian veterinary association, defined as:

• Current members of a Canadian veterinary association with a license recognized by the CVMA; and

• Non-members of Canadian veterinary associations holding a Certificate of Qualification granted by the National Examining Board (NEB) of the CVMA

Applicants submitting education credentials from a non-Canadian institution are responsible for obtaining certification that these credentials are the equivalent of the Canadian education level required for the position. This certification may be obtained from a recognized Canadian educational institution or through a credential evaluation service. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials ( assists individuals who wish to obtain such a certification. Failure to submit the required certification as requested may result in the application being eliminated from further consideration.

Degree equivalency

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


All the below listed competencies are critical – must pass

1. EC1: Analytical Thinking
2. EC2: Effective Interpersonal Relations
3. EC3: Teamwork
4. EC4: Planning and Organizing
5. EC5: Dependability
6. EC6: Effective Written Communication
7. EC7: Effective Oral Communication
8. EC8: Initiative
9. EC9: Judgement

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Asset Experience will not be used for screening candidates into the selection process but may be used to further assess candidates when making selections from the pre-qualified candidate pool.

1. AE1: Experience in the meat industry or in a large animal practice
2. AE2: Experience in the practice of veterinary medicine and/or in applying veterinary techniques or processes
3. AE3: Experience in regulatory veterinary medicine
4. AE4: Experience as a regulatory or non-regulatory veterinarian in terrestrial and/or aquatic animal health

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment from the pool:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.
Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment from the pool:
• Medical suitability: Pass a Pre-placement Health Evaluation and Periodic Health Evaluation.
• Willing and able to work in environmentally challenging or physically demanding conditions and with pathogens in high security laboratory biocontainment or with potential allergens.
• Willing and available to work shifts.
• Willing and available to work irregular hours (e.g., nights, weekends, statutory holidays).
• Willing and available to travel
• Willing and available to work overtime.
• Valid driver’s license.

Other information

Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this selection process.

1. Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice.

2. Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact us toll free at 1-800-645-5605 for assistance. If you require special accommodation at any stage in the selection process, including a technical aid or an alternative method of assessment to ensure an equitable assessment of your qualifications, please indicate this in your application.

3. All applications must be submitted online at DO NOT email, fax or mail in applications as these will NOT be accepted.

4. For this selection process, the CFIA will communicate with candidates by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this selection process. This includes: invitations to assessment, information requests, delivery of assessment results, etc. Applicants must include in their application a valid email address that is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users. Some email systems block these types of email. Applicants must ensure to check/view their email accounts including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. Candidates who respond past the deadline risk being removed from the selection process.

5. Applicants who are screened in to this selection process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this selection process.

6. Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA’s needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Preference may be given to CFIA candidates at any stage of the selection process. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

7. During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the selection process. For additional information on this subject, please visit:

8. For more information on how to apply to a CFIA selection process, please visit:

9. Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

10. You may be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the process.

11. Your ability to communicate effectively in writing will be assessed via the application.

12. Various assessment tools may be used in this selection process such as: standardized tests, reference checks, written tests, an interview, etc.

13. All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, will be used to evaluate the candidate.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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