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Veterinary Investigation Officer (VIO) APHA Thirsk (Post 159 ID1541)

Animal and Plant Health Agency
Thirsk, North Yorkshire
£39,439 - £43,569 + eligible for an additional pay supplement
Closing date
1 Jul 2024

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Animal and Plant Health Agency

Veterinary Investigation Officer (VIO)


£39,439 - £43,569 + eligible for an additional pay supplement

Do you want a role undertaking veterinary surveillance for farm animal diseases, safeguarding standards of animal health and welfare, protecting Great Britain from exotic notifiable diseases?

Many of the skills and competences already acquired in veterinary positions elsewhere will be applicable and valued in the role of Veterinary Investigation Officers within APHA. Why not explore a change, a new veterinary path, one that can have far reaching impacts?

Why not join us and make a difference?

Career Transitions - working for APHA in field veterinary and Veterinary Investigation Officer roles - VSGD - Vets Stay Go Diversify

We offer first class flexible working benefits, a culture encouraging inclusion and diversity, excellent employee well-being support and a civil service pension scheme, as well as 25 days leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years of service.

A career in the Civil Service is like no other.  If you’re looking to join a world class team and develop your career with us, then the Civil Service is the place for you!

You can also visit APHA's Veterinary Careers website for further informationHome - Careers as an APHA Vet (

Job description

This Vet role involves a wide range of work including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct disease investigations in farm animals and wildlife by conducting post-mortems and diagnostic sampling
  • Obtaining relevant history from vets and farmers for investigating disease and to provide data for disease surveillance
  • Using laboratory testing for diagnosis or to rule out diseases
  • Collating, reporting and discussing findings with veterinary clients, farmers and APHA colleagues
  • Providing advice on diseases and making recommendations on disease control and prevention
  • Conducting farm visits to investigate for possible new diseases, zoonoses or potential threats to the food chain
  • Opportunity to work with other veterinary and industry stakeholders, participate in knowledge exchange and influence standards of animal health and welfare
  • Conducting surveillance for notifiable disease, through sampling and gross diagnostic pathology.

You will be expected to work to quality standards and observe stringent health and safety requirements.  Full training will be given, and you will be encouraged to develop your expertise.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A good understanding of the UK farming industry, including a sound knowledge of diseases and diagnostic processes across the species. 
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • The post holder will have to be comfortable with communicating across people and groups with a range of scientific knowledge.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, decision-making skills.
  • Evidence of collaborative working with different teams of people.
  • Ability to maintain and assure appropriate levels of quality assurance for scientific work, evidence and advice.
  • A high level of motivation, interest in corporate work, self-awareness with high inner resilience and calmness under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain a customer delivery focus at all times.
  • Knowledge of Government scanning surveillance and threat detection, and an understanding of how data are gathered to provide surveillance intelligence.
  • Strategic thinking with diagnostic, analytical and creative problem-solving abilities.

Knowledge and experience in pathology is preferred.

In return for your dedication, we’ll support your ongoing development with on the job and other training opportunities. You will also enjoy excellent Civil Service benefits and pension.

We will be assessing applicable UK farm animal knowledge and farm animal veterinary experience, ability and technical skills through the application process, and during the interview.

It is essential that you are a member or fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. A range of relevant experience, including work in farm animal veterinary practice, is ideal but not essential. You will require a valid UK driving licence as you will travel and work with people nationwide.  We’ll expect you to be a great communicator.

Closing dates:  1st July 2024

Interviews: 23rd to 25th July 2024

Interview Location: either APHA Bury St Edmunds or APHA Thirsk (TBC)

APHA are holding "drop in" sessions (via MSTeams) -These  will be arranged nearer the sift date – please contact for further details

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