Veterinarian - (Port Health)

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: JAN20220638

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£35,744 - £39,880 Per Annum

Closing date

9 June 2022

The Service 

Aided by a team of Port Health Officers and Technical Officers, this is an exciting opportunity for an Official Veterinarian to join the Port Health team delivering the authorities enhanced Port Health functions at the end of the EU exit transition period dealing with consignments entering the UK through Portsmouth International Port  

The Port Health team are part of the City Councils Regulatory Services who are responsible for checking all goods entering the UK from the EU and the rest of the world comply with UK laws post the end of the EU exit transition period in January 2021.  

Portsmouth City Council owns and runs Portsmouth International Port and is the Statutory Harbour Authority and Competent Harbour Authority. Our Port Health responsibilities include imported food controls, international health regulations, international catering waste enforcement, food hygiene, shellfish and water quality monitoring.


At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

Portsmouth International Port serves the western routes into Europe and is also often the ferry port of choice for businesses exporting from the western half of the UK – as an example we have businesses using our ferry port to export fish from Scotland to Spain.

If appropriate, this role is eligible for the Portsmouth City Council re-location package. 

What is the role

Working under Team Leaders and the Regulatory Services Manager, and extremely closely with a team of Port Health Officers, the role of an Official Veterinarian will involve assisting with the service objectives of the Portsmouth Port Health Authority to protect public, animal and environmental health. 

The responsibilities of these role are, but are not limited to: 

  • Carrying out a range of health controls including checks on imported food, as well as assisting with port health checks on imported goods
  • Implementing food and feed checks in order to ensure that only products that are safe to eat enter the food chain, animal and public health is safeguarded and compliance with EU/UK rules and international trading standards are secured.
  • Preventing and control the incidence of infectious disease and food-borne infections
  • Checking the certification of food products for exportation
  • Carrying out surveillance for other animal diseases and administration of the Pet Travel Scheme
  • Assisting in the provision of a quality regulatory service in Port health, providing a high level of customer service whilst working effectively with business to protect public health
  • Managing projects, assist in enforcement proceedings and manage complex casework
  • Carrying out regulatory inspections and risk assessments.

 Who is the person? 

You will be an experienced qualified veterinarian, authorised by the Animal Plant and Health Agency (APHA) or be a qualified Veterinarian willing to undertake the Official Controls Qualification (Veterinarian) (OCQ(V)) training with a view to becoming an APHA approved Official Veterinarian. 

You will also have a working knowledge of delivering imported food controls. 

What you’ll get in return

As well as competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. 

Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops.  We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning, or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme, we will work together to drive your career. 

Additional information:

All employees and third parties working at PIP are subject to a Substance Misuse – Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy and the Port reserves the right to carry out with cause and random testing. 

How to apply:

If appropriate, this role is eligible for the Portsmouth City Council re-location package. 

Please read the “Job Profile” to ensure your application meets the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile. If you wish to send a CV, please consider a cover letter outlining why you are the perfect candidate for this position. 

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK.  No post will be offered without it.

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