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Trainee Official Veterinarian

Job summary

Food Standards Scotland is a distinct legal entity and staff joining from other organisations will be issued with a new contract of employment. Food Standards Scotland is a Non-Ministerial Office, which is part of the Scottish Administration, employing staff on Scottish Government Main terms and conditions and pay arrangements. For more information please contact the Recruiting Manager named at the bottom of the advert.
£31266 - £35813
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
25 October 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for Trainee Official Veterinarians within Food Standard Scotland based in various locations within scotland, a list of these locations can be found in the attached Location Document. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Trainee Official Veterinarian role is one of the key front-line operational roles within the FSS. On appointment the successful candidate will undertake a comprehensive training programme (12-14 weeks) covering all aspects of the Official Veterinarian role and upon qualification will deliver Official Controls in approved premises across Scotland, ensuring that food produced is safe for human consumption.

The core work for the OV (upon satisfactory completion of the training period) is the delivery of Official Controls related to products of animal origin (POAO) in FSS approved premises within Scotland (Red and White meat slaughterhouses, Cutting Plants and Game handling establishments).

The FSS Official Veterinarian is the technical lead for field teams in all aspects related to verification of the Food Business Operator’s compliance with all relevant legislation as stated in the FSS Scottish Manual for Official Controls.

It is expected, depending of the requirement of the business, that Trainee Official Veterinarian's will also obtain the qualifications required to certify exports of POAO.

Must be willing to travel to various locations. Must hold a valid driving license and own a private vehicle or be able to travel to work by other suitable means of transport. Must be able to pass a colour blindness test. Must satisfactorily complete the tOV training period and pass the final assessment

Qualifications Required
Veterinary degree and member of RCVS 

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Strong organisational skills, adaptable and able to deliver to agreed timescales and deadlines.
2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
3. Ability to work well as part of a team as well as independently with minimum supervision to achieve objectives.
4. Able to build professional relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Elena Gafenco on email at Elena.Gafenco@fss.scot

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via recruitment@gov.scot

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