Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

Week of January 24, 2011 (Part 2)

Full-time Opportunites
1. Pfizer Associate, Clinical, Vet Med R & D
2. USDA Biological Science Technician

3. Career Fair Prep
4. Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center's 3rd Annual Benefit Open Horse Show
5. Become a CCO Ambassador
6. Animal Sciences on Facebook
7. ANSC Mentor Program
8. Pasture boarding available
10. Student Hosts needed for the COA Career Fair
11. Become an ANSC Ambassador
12. 2011 SURF Program
13. COA Hoodies and Shirts for sale!

1. Pfizer Associate, Clinical, Veterinary Medicine Research and Development

Please apply at, reference Job ID # 948005

Within Clinical Development - incumbent will be assigned to one or more Project Teams and will have the following duties and responsibilities:

Assist with coordination of all study activities, including start up, investigator training, conduct, site monitoring and close out. These may include, but are not limited to:

This position works in animal research facilities handling a variety of livestock animals and/or companion animals. There may be exposure to animal wastes, chemicals and biologics and possibly radio-labeled compounds. Work will be conducted in office, lab, clinic, bio-containment and animal housing facilities. There may be exposure to temperature, climate extremes and dirty and dusty conditions. Flexible work hours may be required. Lifting: May be up to 40-60 pounds.

Educational Background:
Minimum: Bachelor's degree in a science field
Bachelor's degree in a non-science field with at least two year's experience in the livestock industry, a veterinary technician position, a biological science area, or research experience in an academic institution or the pharmaceutical industry.
Desirable: Master's degree

Work Experience/Skills:
Minimum: Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills as well as written and oral communication skills.
Desirable: Experience and interest in working with livestock including cattle (dairy/beef), swine and/or poultry, as well as companion animals, which may include horses. Previous experience in a research environment (GCP/GLP) and/or previous experience in research/product development in the animal health industry.

Other Attributes Desirable:
Competence in Microsoft Word and Excel. Additional database software experience helpful.

2. USDA Biological Science Technician

Job Title: Biological Science Technician (Animal)
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Agricultural Research Service
Job Announcement Number: ARS-D11W-0086
Friday, January 21, 2011 to Friday, February 04, 2011
1 vacancy - West Lafayette, IN

Job Summary:
Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

The incumbent performs technical duties in support of research projects on the effects of stress on swine. Research will focus on developing alternatives to standard agricultural practices using the scientific fields of physiology and ethology (behavior).

Basic Requirements:
GS-05: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level OR successful completion of full 4 year course of study above high school leading to a Bachelor's Degree with major study in an appropriate field of biological science, or at least 24 hours in any combination of scientific or technical courses such as chemistry, statistics, entomology, animal husbandry, botany, physics, agriculture, or mathematics. At least 6 semester hours must have been in animal science or animal husbandry courses.

Applicant must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level OR ½ year of graduate level education directly related to the work of this position.

How To Apply:
Applicants must submit their application packages online or by fax (see below for details). Applications/resumes and supporting documents sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:
1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
2. Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of the job announcement.
Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.
Your Application Package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 04, 2011.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID YQ427305. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Required Documents:
The following documents are required:

Contact Information:
Mark Schapperle
Phone: (301)504-4573
TDD: (202)855-1234

Agency Information:
Agricultural Research Service
5601 Sunnyside Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705

3. Career Fair Prep

Monday Feb. 21
Lilly 3-113, 9am - 2pm

Ambassadors and Faculty will be avaliable for resume critiques, 30 sec introductions, interview tips, and any questions concerning the Career Fair the next day. Come for refreshments and great advice!!

4. Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center's 3rd Annual Benefit Open Horse Show

June 18th is the date for Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center's Third Annual Benefit OPEN Horse Show!

Registration starts at 8am with halter classes starting at 9am. This is an open show with fun classes at the end. Classes include halter, English, western, and jumping. We offer several classes for both assisted and unassisted therapeutic riding students. We also have 4-H only classes. Appropriate show attire is required for all classes except the fun classes and helmets are required for all riders under 18 when mounted.


The show is being held at Shepard Stable, 11030 South 200 West, Brookston, IN 47923. Overnight camping and stalls are available for rent. Details to follow.

Our show bill will be posted on both the TTRC and Shepard Stable web sites as soon as it is done. We have planned the show so it does not conflict with either the White County or Tippecanoe County shows so be sure to plan to attend and spread the word.

Libby Marks-Shepard RPh
NARHA and CHA certified riding instructor Director, Therapeion Therapeutic Riding Center

5. Become a CCO Ambassador

Information Session on January 27 at 6 pm in Kran G010
Or go to
Application deadline: February 10, 2011 by 4 pm to Stewart 194
Contact Stephanie Farlow at for more information

6. Animal Sciences on Facebook

Join up and get updates on the Department's upcoming events and activities!

Search for Purdue Animal Science

Join the community link (The one with the Train as the logo) Invite your friends and check on the group for updates!

7. ANSC Mentor Program

Did you do as well as you wanted to in: Biology ? Chemistry ? Math ?
Did you feel like you didn't have time to get everything done, that you were overwhelmed?
Do you want to learn how to study, organize, manage time and have time for fun?
Do you want help from current Department of Animal Science Student Mentors?
New Years resolution to do better this year?
Would you like: study areas, workshops, seminars, handouts, individual counseling?

Meetings – Thursdays 5-6 PM – Lilly 3-410

Contact Bryan Roberts ( or Dr. John Patterson ( for more information

8. Pasture boarding available

Shepard Stable currently has openings for five horses due to the sale of the Purdue Polo Club Horses. We offer two pasture boarding options. Pasture Boarding includes 24/7 turnout with access to round bales, fresh water, and plenty of shelter. "Pasture Plus" includes the same amenities as pasture boarding PLUS we bring your horse in once daily for grain and a health check! Both boarding options include the use of both our large and small outdoor arenas, two boarders tack rooms, free trailer storage, a boarders' feed room, a 17' wide grooming and tacking area, and plenty of outdoor space to ride outside the arenas. Pasture boarding is $225/month and Pasture Plus is $300/month.

We offer the use of our jump standards, barrels, and poles in our large (140' X 200') arena.

In addition, riding instructors are available on site for English, Western, halter, and dressage lessons; a convenient alternative to hauling your horse(s) for lessons!

We are located two miles west of Brookston, with easy access from SR 43, SR 18, and I-65. Visit our web site at for a virtual tour or to learn more about our services, lessons, and programs. We are available by e-mail or by phone (765) 563-0013 if you have questions or wish to make an appoint for a visit.

Libby Marks-Shepard
CHA and NARHA certified riding instructor
Shepard Stable co-owner and instructor


JBS offers a CLO or Career Leadership Opportunity program that some new graduates may be interested in. The way the program works: If you're placed at a certain slaughter plant, you have 6 months beginning with leadership training here in Colorado and then you are placed in your plant with an actual project that will improve a process within the plant. You report back twice with a final project. The intent is becoming a supervisor in different areas in the plant. JBS offers a competitive benefits package, 401K and the sort. I highly recommend the program and the leadership training. If someone would be interested or you see a lot of interest that you don't think I would want to respond to, I will get you a further email address. If not, they can submit their name to me at: and I will forward their email to the appropriate person. This would be perfect for a lot of majors because they number of jobs that are done range from HR to procurement to process and fabrication within the plant.

Ryan Schroer
Purdue University
MS '10, Ruminant Nutrition
BS '08, Animal Sciences
(812) 243-5128

10. Student Hosts needed for the COA Career Fair

We are in need of student hosts for the College of Agriculture Spring Career Fair. Student hosts have opportunities to network with company representatives before, during and after the career fair. We will need students to assist in the afternoon of February 21st and throughout the day on 22nd. Interested students should complete the attached form and email it back to me ( or drop it off at my office in AGAD 121 no later than February 9th. If you respond by email, please put 2011 Spring Career Fair Host in subject line.

Below briefly describes duties. Please see the attached document for more details about times and duties.

February 21st (day prior to fair)

February 22nd (day of fair)

Linda A. Austin
Career Services Assistant
College of Agriculture
Purdue University
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053
Phone: 765-494-8473

11. Become an ANSC Ambassador

Information Session February 1st in Lilly 3-113 at 7 pm
Application deadline: February 21 at 5 pm (cover letter, reference letter and resume to Poul 112)
Application information is available in Lilly 3-115 and Poul 112

12. 2011 SURF Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program is accepting applications for the 2011 summer program. The program dates are May 23 - August 5, 2011. The program is open to undergraduate students enrolled at US institutions in a baccalaureate degree program. Other eligibility requirements can be found on the SURF website. In order to begin reviewing the high volume of applications, SURF set an early deadline of February 16, but will continue accepting applications through March 11. Please pass this information along to your students.

As in previous years, professors may either recruit individual students for specific projects OR post a research project on the SURF website and select from a pool of applicants. Please post your available research projects as soon as possible. More information for faculty is available at the SURF website .

SURF participants will receive $4200 during the 11-week program while conducting research activities approximately 40 hours per week. The program continues to use a funding model that splits the student's pay equally between the professor, the professor's department, and the professor's college. For 2011, each entity will provide $1400 in support per participant. Faculty must contact their individual department regarding commitments for 2011. A primary goal of SURF is to expose top undergraduate students to research, with the objective of encouraging them to attend graduate school. Thus, students with a GPA of at least 3.0 will be given strong priority for funding.

Due to the structure of the program activities and the increasing number of students seeking a research experience, student participation in the SURF program is limited to one summer. As students build their resume and prepare for graduate school, prior SURF participants are encouraged to seek summer opportunities in the private sector, federal laboratories, and other research institutions. Those students who wish to continue their funded research at Purdue can be supported by their faculty member or department as an undergraduate research assistant. Faculty members supervising these students will determine schedules, research responsibilities, pay, etc. Although they will not be SURF participants, prior SURF participants who remain on campus for research will have access to SURF's research community and professional development activities.

We anticipate that the program will be very competitive again this year. With your help, we expect to recruit a diverse, high quality group of students for 2011. Thanks in advance for your support of SURF. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Leavitt, SURF Program Manager (49-62349, or Tim Kerr, Office of Academic Programs (49-48470,

13. COA Hoodies and Shirts for sale!

Hoodies- Dark gray w/ gold writing- $25
Front: Purdue College of Ag
Back: Go Ag Early

T-Shirts- Gold w/ Black writing- $10
Front: Agribusiness Club

Pick up envelope/ Drop off payment KRAN 681

Make checks payable to: Purdue Agribusiness Club
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