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Animal Health Officer and Animal Health Officer Border Inspection


Bridgwater, South West : Chelmsford, Eastern, CM2 5PB : Dover, South East, CT16 1JA : Aston Down, South West, GL6 8GA : Wigston, East Midlands, LE18 4UY : Fernhill, South East, RH6 9ST : Winchester, South East, SO21 1BX


About the job

Job description

There is no standard APHA Animal Health Officer. Essential attributes would be a positive attitude and a willingness to deliver effectively. 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
• 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