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Animal Health Officer and Animal Health Officer Border Inspection

Contract Type
Public Sector
Chelmsford, Starcross/Exeter, Aston Down, Horley, Leicester, Itchen Abbas
£23,480 National, £26,350 London - £26,180 National, £29,360 London
Expiry Date
There is no standard APHA Animal Health Officer. Essential attributes would be a positive attitude and a willingness to deliver effectively.

Job Description

Not only does the Agency state that it is diverse; it has delivered on that aspiration. You would be likely to have colleagues from several different countries, of different ages and different professional experience and background. Different people bring different skills with them from previous jobs, which is beneficial to the Agency. In return the Agency makes a point of supporting new entrants to address any specific areas where they may lack experience. As a civil servant it should go without saying that honesty, integrity and impartiality are essential. As a vet you should have these qualities by default. 

More information these roles and the application process can be found within the attached candidate information pack.

Person specification


  • Knowledge and experience of farm animal husbandry systems 
  • Knowledge of basic Health and Safety and an understanding of safe working on farms and with livestock and poultry 
  • Ability to work alone or as part of team 
  • Ability to communicate confidently 
  •  Ability to use various IT platforms such as Word and Excel 
  •  Driving is an essential part of the job for all AHOs and a full valid driving license is required 
  • This is predominantly an outdoor role where walking across farmland and standing for prolonged periods may be required 


  •  Understanding of GB agricultural and associated industries. 
  • Awareness of notifiable disease threats 
  •  Basic understanding of Defra’s response to a notifiable disease outbreak 
  •  For posts based in Wales, it is desirable to be able to demonstrate competent communication in Welsh 
  •  For AHO Border Inspection Posts, ability to speak French if based at Dover


  • Full driving license

Working closely with our project delivery and marketing teams, you’ll ensure we make the very best of every opportunity. 

We expect you to have a degree in a biological science subject and a background in practical laboratory science, along with critical experience in customer relationship management. Experience of common laboratory techniques will be essential and experience of working within a formal quality system an advantage. You will have had demonstrable success in building rapport with national and international collaborators. You’ll bring to the role excellent communication skills - from presentations to negotiations. Willingness to travel to customers is vital. 

In return for your commitment you will benefit from a range of benefits including a competitive salary, flexible working, civil service pension and generous holiday entitlement. 

If you feel you would be a good fit for this role, please click the apply button. We look forward to receiving your application.