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Veterinary Investigation Officer (VIO) - Outbreak Posts OB23.140/141)

Animal and Plant Health Agency
Based at various APHA Veterinary Investigation Centres (VIC) in England
£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) - Outbreak Posts


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


This role provides veterinary surveillance and disease investigation in order to safeguard animal health and welfare, public health, protect the economy and enhance food security, in support of GB Governments’ policies.

In this role you will contribute to controlling avian influenza and other notifiable disease outbreaks if required, as well as providing a diagnostic service investigating animal diseases and welfare primarily in farmed livestock and wildlife.

The role aims to detect notifiable disease, new and re-emerging threats, food safety incidents and zoonotic disease. You will be involved in investigating notifiable disease outbreaks, this will involve field work visiting infected premises, and potentially periods on detached duty with overnight stays away from home.

When not involved in outbreak related work, you will carry out post-mortem examinations and assign relevant laboratory tests interpreting and reporting findings and give relevant advice to private veterinarians and other bodies. Visits to farms and visits to investigate wildlife mortality incidents may also be required. 

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 significant diseases and diagnostic processes across the species.
  • A knowledge and experience in pathology is desirable.
  • Good written and oral communication skills and 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.
  • Able to maintain and assure appropriate levels of quality assurance for scientific evidence and advice.
  • Highly motivated, corporate, self-aware with high inner resilience and calm under pressure.
  • Able 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, including sources of threat data and information.

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.  


  • Based at various APHA Veterinary Investigation Centres (VIC) in England

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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