Healthcare and Medical

Animal Health Officer

Full Time


Animal Health Officer Gloucester Gloucestershire

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Short summary
As an Animal Health Officer you will work as part of a technical delivery team carrying out a range of technical operational services to safeguard animal health and welfare and public health, protect the economy and enhance food security through inspection, surveillance, collection of samples, and , during disease outbreaks, contribute to the control and eradication of disease.
We currently have a number of 1 year and 2 year Fixed Term vacancies across England. It is likely that more vacancies will arise during the year at the locations listed. If you are interested in the role at any of these locations please apply through this recruitment campaign. If successful you will be placed on a reserve list until a vacancy arises for the following 12 months.

Job description
The main roles of an AHOs are:
• Support veterinary colleagues in disease control and surveillance activities
• Inspection of relevant documentation, including animal movement, breeding, medicine and other written or electronic records in order to complete audits and assist in disease control and surveillance
• Collection of samples for National Surveillance Schemes including feed samples from farms, feed mills and feed merchants
• Collection of samples and information for disease surveys
• Potential to train as Lay TB tester
• Compliance inspections for premises handling animal by-products e.g. rendering plants, composting sites, hunt kennels and knacker’s yards
• Packing and dispatch of samples and the general care of equipment, including sterilisation and disinfection
In addition to the above tasks AHOs are required to play an active part in contingency planning for outbreaks of exotic notifiable disease and other emergencies. This would involve liaising with stakeholders, implementing and participating in local contingency plans, and developing skills to ensure you are able to undertake your contingency role.
During outbreaks of notifiable diseases AHOs are required to undertake tasks as directed by management to contribute to the control and eradication of the disease including acting in specific roles at an infected premises (IP) including gate officer, case officer and other necessary tasks for which appropriate training has been given.

In some geographical locations you may also be involved in:
• Egg marketing duties including enforcing regulations relating to the production, grading, labelling and marketing of eggs destined for human consumption.
At Border Inspection Posts AHOs main duties would include:
• To enforce import and export controls on animals and products of animal origin as required by EU/UK legislation, including investigation of possible illegal activity
• To undertake Quality Assurance Checks on PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) Carriers and Checkers
• To carry out surveillance activity, implement and regulate animal health and welfare legislation throughout the portal area and associated ports within the geographical limits of the role
• To carry out targeted activity, to intercept non-compliant trade and proportionate regulatory action
• To audit the disposal of International Catering Waste (ICW) and regulate animal by products legislation
• To supervise loadings at source/port and regulate animal health and welfare legislation for animals in transit
• To liaise closely with Border Force, Local Authority, other operational partners and carriers to ensure appropriate action is taken when non-compliance has been identified
To work on a shift rota basis depending on location and business operating hours at the port and on occasion to work outside of those hours.
The post holder may be occasionally required to work from other locations in the Delivery area.

Include person specification and essential criteria – to help a candidate decide if they should apply
All candidates must have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to enable effective communication about animal health topics with customers, service users and colleagues.
Candidates must have an agricultural background, or an agriculture qualification or have demonstrable knowledge of the agricultural industry, e.g. through a period of work experience.
Candidates must be also able to demonstrate skills, experience and knowledge in:
• 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.

Animal Health Officer Gloucester Gloucestershire

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