The role of a government vet is varied and rewarding, and we are always looking to recruit experienced professionals into the Civil Service. Opportunities include being on the ground, working with animals and keepers, carrying out research in animal welfare and public health, and informing future policy. Most new entrants typically have private-sector experience although roles are open to recent graduates as well. For some roles a postgraduate qualification is an advantage.

The Government Veterinary Services offer the chance to make a real difference – from protecting animals and the public from diseases, to championing our world-class welfare standards and supporting the growth of our food industry at home and abroad.

This scope gives government vets unparalleled professional experience, with excellent opportunities for progression. I would encourage ambitious veterinary students to look at the service for a rich and rewarding career.

Nigel Gibbens CBE, UK Chief Veterinary Officer


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