Official Veterinarian

Liverpool, Merseyside
£33,782 - £38,890 p.a.
19 Jan 2021
11 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Contract

12-month Fixed Term Contract

Mersey Port Health Authority is currently undergoing an expansion of its service and has a number of vacancies available. The Authority is looking to recruit two (2) Official Veterinarians for a fixed period of 12 months. This is for a time-specific project, due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and in preparation to ensure the Authority’s readiness for additional sanitary controls at the end of the EU transition which has substantially increased the workload associated with delivering the Authority’s statutory functions.

Post holders will be based at a combination of our main administrative office, Border Control Post inspection facility located at the Port of Liverpool and working remotely from home.

We are inviting applications for Official Veterinarians looking for a new challenge. To become part of our team you will need to be enthusiastic, keen to learn, and prepared to assist our current dedicated team of staff in the undertaking of our statutory functions.

The Authority is at the front line of food safety, animal and public health control. Successful candidates will be responsible for enforcing United Kingdom legislation by means of enforcement, advice, and education.

The ideal candidates must be highly organised and comfortable working under pressure, which includes making decisions in accordance with legislative requirements. Excellent communication is essential along with the ability to work as part of a team. IT proficiency and familiarity with Microsoft applications are desirable.

The main duties of the post include:

  • Monitor all imports of products of animal origin including documentary checks, inspection, and sampling of products
  • Develop relationships with outside organisations involved in the work of the Border Control Post (BCP) to ensure that any enforcement work is carried out in accordance with the legislation, standard operating procedures, and Enforcement Policy
  • Monitor working practices to ensure that service standards and performance targets are met, and procedures followed
  • Investigate, assess, and instigate enforcement action

In return, we can offer great opportunities for training and development, flexible working options, generous leave entitlement and a pension scheme.

We reserve the right to close vacancies earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applications. If interested, please complete an application as early as possible.

Liverpool City Council is committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and believe that the decision to appoint should be based upon whether an individual’s skills, experience, qualifications, and abilities make them the most suitable candidate for the role. All applications for jobs in the service of the Authority will receive equal treatment irrespective of their race, gender, marital status, age, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.

We will ensure that disabled applicants are provided with reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Closing Date: 11-02-2021

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