13 April 2023

Senior Veterinary Inspector

About Company / Organization

Animal and Plant Health Agency

The Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) sits within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and employs around 2,200 people at various sites throughout the UK. Our mission is to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of everyone in society, the environment and the economy, and everyone who works for us is passionate about achieving this goal.

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Job Description

Senior Veterinary Inspector

United Kingdom


Animal and Plant Health Agency
Senior Veterinary Inspector
£37,295 - £41,425
Vacancies are currently available in Bridgewater, Caernarfon, Canterbury, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Crewe, Exeter, Hamilton, Horley, Inverness, Inverurie, Launceston, Leicester, Lincoln, Llandrindod Wells, Manchester, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Preston, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Truro, Warwick, Weymouth and Worcester.

Click here to apply: https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk

What you’ll do
Join us as a Senior Veterinary Inspector and you’ll work to safeguard animal welfare and public health, protect the country’s economy and enhance food security. You’ll achieve this through inspection, surveillance, regulation, enforcement and research. Responding to incidents and outbreaks of notifiable diseases in animals, you’ll undertake on-farm and field investigations, and support differential diagnosis of diseases through examination and inspection.

Your addition responsibilities will be wide and varied, and include conducting post-mortem examinations, collecting samples for analysis, interpreting data and making recommendations based on your findings. You’ll also be involved in reactive and surveillance welfare investigations, the inspection of premises including zoos and pet food processing plants, and ensuring compliance with the UK’s statutory standards of animal health and welfare. Building collaborative relationships with a range of partners will be key to your success – these will include local authorities, representatives of industry and non-APHA veterinary surgeons.

What you’ll bring
To be a success in this role you’ll possess a minimum of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science or its equivalent, and be a Member or Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Science. Ready to interact with our customers and stakeholders with professional confidence, and with experience of working in highly diverse and multi-skilled teams, you’ll have the ability to adapt flexibly as you face a wide range of issues and challenges.

An excellent communicator and capable of producing clear, concise and knowledgeable reports, your understanding of the importance of audits and the processes that maintain quality outputs will make you an excellent record keeper. You should also have a good understanding of welfare issues, notifiable exotic diseases in UK-based animals and the control of endemic diseases such as TB. Please be aware that as your work will involve travelling to farms in sometimes remote locations, a full UK driving licence is essential.

How we’ll reward you
In addition to your salary, you’ll enjoy 25 days annual leave, a generous civil service pension, and paid leave for other situations including family-related leave, volunteering and taking part in public duties, trade union activities, special/trained forces and for health & safety training. We’re committed to embracing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity, and as an employer we’re committed to these principles within our own workforce.