New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Open-Competitive Examination Open to the Public

Animal Health Inspector 1

Evaluation of Training and Experience To Be Held During
April 2017
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
February 24, 2017


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee
28-370 Animal Health Inspector 1 $42,833 G-14 $35

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before April 30, 2017, you must have received a license to practice as a Veterinary Technician from the New York State Education Department. This license needs to be current. You must also have an associate���s degree plus 18 or more credit hours in specialized courses relating to animal health science, veterinary technology, animal husbandry or animal science.

IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. New York State residence is not required.
  3. You must indicate on your examination application for each employer, the percentage of your animal health/veterinary technician experience that involved agricultural production animals. These would include cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats, llama, and poultry.
  4. Registration as a Veterinary Technician by the New York State Department of Education is required for original appointment and continued employment.
  5. These positions require extensive travel. Appointees must demonstrate the capacity to meet the transportation needs involved in carrying out work responsibilities.
  6. Your degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information can also be found on the Internet at You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S1-VXR.

The Positions

These positions exist in the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in the Division of Animal Industry in various locations throughout the State. This position also exists in the New York State Department of Health in Albany.

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As an Animal Health Inspector 1, under the direction of a State Veterinarian or Animal Health Inspector 2, you would perform inspections and tests on agriculture animals, poultry, cats, and dogs; inspect municipal shelters, livestock markets, hatcheries, and other premises where livestock are kept; and perform a variety of tests and take samples for laboratory tests. You would also review records of livestock dealers and assist veterinarians in disease control programs. In the New York State Department of Health, you would perform inspections of laboratories and educational institutions that use living animals for research or education. These are field positions and are located throughout the state. You would be assigned to a specific geographic region and would perform your duties with considerable independence within your region.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your training and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. This evaluation will concentrate on your training/education, and experience. It is essential that you describe your training and experience as completely as possible when you apply. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in your favor. Do NOT send resumes. If you apply using the NYS-APP form and you need more space, attach additional 8��" x 11" sheets following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last day for filing.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your e-mail address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into

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How To Apply

This announcement is for viewing purposes only.

If you do not receive a number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Issued: 1/20/2107

This announcement is subject to amendment or cancellation without notice. Do not copy it, or post it to any other site, but link to it instead.

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