Chief Veterinary Officer

London (Greater)
circa £120,000
09 Aug 2017
09 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is the government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Defra is responsible on behalf of all UK administrations for action in the EU and internationally to deliver agreed objectives in negotiations on animal health and welfare.

Outbreaks of exotic disease whilst thankfully rare, can present significant threats to public health, farming, rural communities and the economy as a whole.  Effective surveillance and response to them is also a key Defra priority.

Defra are now looking to recruit a new Chief Veterinary Officer UK (CVO UK). The CVO UK is the Government’s chief spokesperson on animal health and welfare issues and is responsible for ensuring that the nation is better protected against animal diseases and that Defra has strong response and recovery capabilities. The CVO UK also leads UK representation internationally on animal health. They play a key role in advising the Government on animal health and welfare regulations and export agendas to ensure the best outcome for the UK as a whole as it prepares to exit the EU.

The successful candidate will be a qualified veterinary surgeon and a recognised expert in the field of veterinary medicine. They will bring the gravitas and credibility to operate as head of the profession in Government and internationally as a key representative and spokesperson for the UK. Credible with a range of senior audiences, they will be an excellent communicator who recognises this as a rare opportunity to make a significant impact at a national level.

The full role description and application pack are at: quoting reference number 930151. For a confidential conversation having read the pack please call our advising consultants at Veredus, Nataliya Starik-Bludova on 020 7932 4265 or James Greengrass on 020 7932 4286.