Aquaculture for all

Job opportunity: Aquatic veterinary surgeon, The Fish Vet Group, Inverness.

Job Purpose

This role involves providing field and office-based veterinary consultancy to a variety of stakeholders in the aquaculture value chain.

Key Responsibilities

  • Site visits to aquaculture producers in the Scottish salmon and trout industries, either in a prescribing veterinary surgeon or consultant capacity
  • Diagnostic sampling, biosecurity assessment, basic field epidemiology and providing strategic advice to fish farmers
  • Frequent provision of training courses to farmers and health personnel
  • Project-based work including retrospective review of disease or performance issues on farms, or involvement in clinical trials

Qualifications and experience:

  • Applicant must be registered as a veterinary surgeon with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
  • Postgraduate experience or qualification in fish health and welfare is highly desirable
  • Working knowledge of aquatic veterinary science and salmonid/fish production is strongly desirable
  • A sound working knowledge of the modern veterinary approach (e.g. veterinary health planning) to fish or other production animal systems is essential
  • A good working knowledge of pre-clinical veterinary science and basic veterinary pathology
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office (Powerpoint, Word, Excel) is essential and ability/experience using databases/informatics in production animal health strongly desirable.

Personal attributes/characteristics:

  • Although support and development will be given as required, this role will involve periods of time working independently and applicants need to be resourceful individuals capable of working at their own initiative.
  • The role will involve managing large veterinary accounts and strong interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Able to communicate effectively with the practice veterinary and diagnostic team, including during periods of independent working, so strong basic organisational skills are required
  • A strong communicator, able to explain often complex disease situations to different groups and be comfortable working in a farm environment.
  • Confident to perform occasional public speaking
  • Flexibility to travel to isolated regions of Scotland, with several days at a time spent travelling and/or travel outside of normal business hours in some instances. In addition, the role involves frequent travel on boats, planes and occasionally physically demanding conditions

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How to apply

To apply for this role, please email your CV and a covering letter to Rob Squirrell before 14th July 2017