USDA APHIS Raleigh Office

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The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Raleigh Office (ARO) includes a hub for Veterinary Services’ (VS) National Import Export Services (NIES) and Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services (SPRS) personnel. These employees retain subject matter expertise in APHIS disease control programs, livestock commodity groups, emergency response, and technical issues related to international trade.
An externship at the ARO allows students to job shadow APHIS-Veterinary Services employees to learn about their career paths, learn about their current APHIS programs, and assist with real-time APHIS issues. Students can expect to be assigned work, and provided the resources to conduct it. Student work will be reviewed by ARO staff prior to being incorporated into project deliverables. Work is primarily conducted in a professional office setting, but can include field experiences with the SPRS District 1 staff, if and as they are available. Overall, student externs at the ARO will explore VS domestic disease program policy and management and international trade policies and management. Students will be expected to improve their understanding of how VS’ domestic and international policies are developed, implemented, and communicated.
VS personnel at the ARO include NIES’ National Director for Service Centers, National Director for Animal Import Centers, import/export coordinators, and risk analysts; epidemiologists for SPRS’ Cattle Health Center, Avian, Swine & Aquatic Animal Health Center, and Sheep, Goat, Cervid & Equine Health Center; and SPRS District 1 field staff.
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Students can expect to be assigned work, and provided the resources to conduct it. Student work will be reviewed by ARO staff prior to being incorporated into project deliverables. Work is primarily conducted in a professional office setting, but can include field experiences with the SPRS District 1 staff, if and as they are available. Overall, student externs at the ARO will explore VS domestic disease program policy and management and international trade policies and management. Students will be expected to improve their understanding of how VS’ domestic and international policies are developed, implemented, and communicated.
Individual staff members representing specific APHIS programs may not be available every day of every externship, but a cadre of veterinarians are available daily at the ARO.
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APHIS Raleigh Office
USDA APHIS
920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27606
919-855-7257
919-855-7295
Rosemary [dot] Sifford [at] aphis [dot] usda [dot] gov
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Dr. Rosemary Sifford
Posted: 03/24/14