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Animal Health Officer

Term Entry
Type Hours
Full Time (37 hours per week)
Monday to Friday
County Hall, Cross Street, Beverley, HU17 9BA (Some travel may be required)
Closing date
Job closes on 19 August
Interview date
Interview is 6 September
Service area
Service area: Communities and Environment
Job reference
Job reference: HTPP000736
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The job itself

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our small but busy Animal Health Team, where you will be responsible for the enforcement of farm animal health and welfare across the East Riding of Yorkshire. You will also be required to support the delivery of a “Farm to Fork” approach as part of the Food Services.

As a member of the team you will carry out proactive inspections at farms, livestock markets, collecting centres, abattoirs, animal by-products premises, investigate complaints and give advice relating to the health and welfare of farm animals. You will be required to assist with the response to outbreaks of exotic notifiable animal diseases and you will also be involved in the investigation of reports of illegally imported animals.

We are looking for someone who has experience of working with farm animals and knowledge of livestock husbandry systems. Also, of working in an enforcement capacity, within a regulatory and legal system. Ideally, we are looking for an individual who has at least 12 months experience of working in local government, with direct practical experience of both regulatory enforcement and farm animal health and welfare.

Applicants should have a good level of education and hold 5 GCSE’s (Level A-C) including Maths and English, and hold the CTSI Animal Health and Welfare Professional Qualification or an equivalent animal, agriculture or enforcement related diploma/degree or have recent significant practical experience of working directly in farm animal health and welfare. The successful applicant must be willing to undertaking relevant professional training and qualifications as considered necessary.

You must have effective communication skills to deal with external/internal partners and customers, sometimes in difficult and challenging situations. You must have the skills to prioritise, plan and manage your time effectively, demonstrating the ability to work under pressure, with a flexible approach. Enthusiasm and partnership working are essential elements of this role along with the ability to work both with minimal supervision and as part of a team towards shared goals. Ability to work within an auditable system of procedures and processes, maintaining quality with excellent record keeping is required.

You should hold a full driving licence as you will be required to travel to locations across the East Riding to carry out inspections. You will be required to work outside in all weather conditions across a range of sites and must be physically able to handle farm livestock and walk long distances. When undertaking interventions with businesses and investigating complaints into to potential criminal offences, you will potentially encounter confrontational responses.

You will need flexibility in your working hours and be willing to work occasionally out of office hours to ensure the effective delivery of the Animal Health Function. The Team works as part of an agile arrangement and you will work from the office in Beverley and from your home in a blended manner to meet service needs.

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Simon Goodwin
Principal Officer (Animal Health)
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Remote working

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Pay and reward

The Council is undertaking a review of pay and reward as part of its ambitions to attract and retain employees by having effective pay and development structures in place to support modern ways of working and to support the provision of Council services which meet local priorities. Please note that the future terms and conditions of this post may change following the outcome of this review.

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