About the job
c10 posts for a 12month fixed-term and c5 posts for a 24 month fixed-term. Posts may be subject to an extension to the original fixed-term. Posts may be made permanent during the fixed-term.
Vacancies are expected in the locations listed in the next 6-12 months, if you are interested in any of these locations, please apply through this recruitment campaign, if you are successful you will be placed on a reserve List until a vacancy arises.
As a Senior Veterinary Inspector you will be required to carry out a range of veterinary operational services predominately in England to safeguard animal health and welfare and public health, protect the economy and enhance food security through inspection, surveillance, regulation, enforcement and where applicable research, through the application of state veterinary medicine in the delivery of GB Governments’ policies.
To carry out any duties commensurate with the grade and purpose of the post including, but not limited to, the following:
• Incident and Disease Outbreak Response.
• To investigate animal diseases in farm livestock by undertaking on-farm and field investigations by:
• Examining and inspecting farmed animals, to support differential diagnosis of disease
• Conducting in field post mortem examinations when appropriate
• Collecting and submitting appropriate samples for laboratory testing;
• Collecting and interpreting relevant data;
• Reporting findings and recommendations
• Maintaining competence in this role
• Disease Investigation and Welfare
• Inspection, Approval and Audit
• Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHaW)
• Compliance and Enforcement
• Local Stakeholder Engagement
• Duty and Out-of-Hours Rotas
• Learning & Development
To provide out of hours veterinary cover periodically throughout the year.
You will be nominally based at an APHA office however you will be expected to regularly travel and carry out the duties outlined above on a detached duty basis anywhere in England, depending on business need. These requests may be made at short notice. The post holder may be occasionally required to work from other locations in the Delivery area.
APHA leads on the provision of veterinary advice and expertise in the implementation of state veterinary medicine and APHA vets are responsible for statutory surveillance and intervention in farm animal welfare at markets, in transport, at time of killing and when kept on agricultural holdings.
We are looking for candidates who:
• are professionally credible and able to articulate this to stakeholders.
• have a high standard of interpersonal skills and have experience of working as part of a multi disciplined team.
• can take the lead confidently in a change environment and adapt to new situations flexibly.
• are able to produce reports to communicate veterinary knowledge, designed to specific target audiences.
• are used to working within an auditable system of procedures and processes, maintaining quality with excellent record keeping.
• work flexibly in order to support development and to make use of current technology.
• have practical experience in veterinary work including the handling of large animals, proficiency in routine techniques, and evidence of first hand relevant experience, skills and competencies which will enable you to develop as a State Veterinarians.
Must have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to enable effective communication about veterinary topics with customers and colleagues and meet one of the following:
• have undertaken undergraduate veterinary training in English;
• having a sufficient command of spoken and written English to effectively perform the role being undertaken by a public sector worker in a customer-facing role
• have achieved the following scores in the academic international English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application – Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Delivering at Pace
- Making Effective Decisions
- Communicating and Influencing
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
- Professional Standards
- Livestock Industries
- Practical Use of Veterinary Skills
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• 25 days annual leave (rising, over 5 years, to 30 days)
• 8 public holidays a year, plus an additional day in May to mark the Queen’s Birthday
Things you need to know
Selection process details
As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete a CV and Statement of Suitability. The CV will ask for your Job History, Qualifications and Past Skills and Experience. Your Statement should be no more than 500 words, and should be aligned to the following guidance: You should provide evidence of the following:
•Demonstrable skills in written English.
•Your professional veterinary credibility, and ability to clearly articulate this to stakeholders.
•High standard of interpersonal skills, evidence of working as part of a multi-disciplined team.
•Evidence of leadership within a change environment.
•Ability to produce reports to communicate veterinary knowledge, designed to specific target audiences.
•Ability to work within an auditable system of procedures and processes, maintaining quality with excellent record keeping.
•Ability to work flexibly in order to support development and to make use of current technology.
An initial sift will be conducted looking at your CV and how you have shown that you meet the person specification. If you are offered an interview you will be asked questions on the following behaviours above, the Technical Skills listed above and your strengths.
You will be asked to give a presentation and demonstrate your knowledge of GB Animal Health and Welfare Legislation, Animal Husbandry systems and your clinical skills.
Sift and interview dates as well as the interview location to be confirmed.
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.
New entrants are expected to start on the minimum pay band.
Where more than one location is advertised, candidates will be posted in merit order by location. You will be asked to state your location preference on your application.
ails held on the IFD will be refused employment.
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Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.
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Internal Fraud Database Check
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.
Loan and Fixed Term Appointments
Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.
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