Aquatic Veterinary Surgeon/Experienced Salmonid-Health Biologist

Fish Vet Group, Benchmark Holdings

  • Location: Inverness
  • From £32,000 per annum
  • Hours: Full Time Permanent
  • Contact: Vicki Warland

Job Title:       

Aquatic Veterinary Surgeon/Experienced Salmonid-Health Biologist

Company:      Fish Vet Group

Job Purpose

We are looking for an aquatic veterinary surgeon or experienced fish health biologist to work alongside our industry-leading team in Inverness, providing field and office-based fish health consultancy to a variety of stakeholders in the aquaculture value chain.

About Benchmark

Benchmark was founded in 2000 based on the need to build a global food chain that is more efficient, economical, ethical, environmentally friendly and fit for the future. So this is when the journey started to set a new benchmark for sustainable living — starting with food production. Since then the business has grown with a team of over 880 people working towards the same vision. Benchmark is a growth company — the more we do, the more impact we have.

Fish Vet Group Ltd (FVG) is part of Benchmark’s Animal Health Division and represent the world’s largest provider of dedicated evidence-based veterinary services, diagnostic technologies and environmental monitoring to the aquaculture sector.  In addition to its Inverness headquarters, Fish Vet Group has operations in Ireland, Chile, Norway and Thailand. 

Key Responsibilities

·       Site visits to aquaculture producers in the Scottish salmon and trout industries, either in a prescribing veterinary surgeon or health advisor capacity

·       Clinical examination of fish, diagnostic sampling, biosecurity assessment, basic field epidemiology and providing strategic advice to fish farmers

·       Provision of fish health and welfare training courses to a range of audiences, from producers to retailers, government agencies and educational institutions

·       Project-based work including retrospective review of disease or performance issues on farms, involvement in clinical trials and research collaborations with industry and academic partners.

Qualifications and experience

·       Applicants should hold a veterinary degree, preferably recognised in the UK (registerable as MRCVS) and post-graduate experience or a qualification in fish health and welfare is strongly desirable.

·       Applicants who do not hold a UK-recognised veterinary degree may be considered if they have demonstrable considerable previous experience in a salmonid aquaculture health role. 

·       Previous experience working with recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) is strongly desirable. 

·       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

¾     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.

¾     The role will involve managing large veterinary accounts and strong interpersonal skills are essential.

¾     Able to communicate effectively with the practice veterinary and diagnostic team, including during periods of independent working, so strong basic organisational skills are required

¾     A strong communicator, able to explain often complex disease situations to different groups and be comfortable working in a farm environment.

¾     Confident to perform occasional public speaking

¾     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


Reports to: Head of Clinical Services

Direct Reports: None

Location: Inverness

Salary: £32 – 45K depending upon experience

Closing date: 25th July 2019



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