Permanent Salmon Farm Veterinary Surgeon All Experience Levels Considered Fort William - Scotland

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£35,000-£55,000 - Veterinary Surgeon
Ref: 2869 Date Posted: Friday 14 Jun 2019
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Are you looking for a veterinary role out of general practice?

We are working with a large well established Salmon based company in Scotland that are looking to recruit an additional recently qualified or experienced Veterinary surgeon with strong organization skills to join their Cleaner Fish Vet Health Team in Fort William on a full time permanent basis. They are happy to consider graduates as well as more experienced candidates of all nationalities.

Key Details:

  • This role: This involves providing field and office-based veterinary consultancy to a variety of stakeholders in the aquaculture value chain
  • Hours Mon – Fri: 8.30 – 5.00 with an hours lunch (times may vary on occasion due to travel between sites)
  • Weekends: None
  • OOH: None
  • Experience: They are happy to consider graduates as well as more experienced candidates of all nationalities
  • Travel: Must be happy to travel around various sites on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Relocation package on offer

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 their 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

About them:

  • This company is one of the world’s leading seafood company and the largest producer of salmon.
  • The company employs over 13,000 employees globally, in 24 countries.
  • Every day their employees produce 6.2 million healthy and delicious meals, served to customers across the globe.
  • An more so they cover the whole value and production chain, from feed to plate, and through their vision of leading the “Blue Revolution” of which they are dedicated to farming the ocean in a responsible and efficient way.
  • They are proud of their 50-year heritage in the Scottish Highlands and the support they have from local communities and their dedicated workforce.

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, but they are willing to train and developer the right candidate
  • 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, which may be needed outside of normal business hours in some instances. In addition, the role involves frequent travel on boats, planes and occasionally physically demanding conditions


  • Relocation package on offer
  • Salary - £35k - £55k
  • The operate a discretionary bonus scheme which will be up to a maximum of 15% of basic annual salary, and which will be linked to targets set in respect of the financial year
  • In addition to this, they have just brought into operation an additional Exceptional Bonus scheme to reflect the critical nature of their role. Further details to be discussed
  • A company vehicle will also be issued to the role holder, given the expected travel to and from individual sites of which there are around 50 across the Highlands and Islands
  • As extensive travelling is a feature of the job, a current driving licence is essential. No driving licence? They can help you with the cost of lessons
  • Pension scheme in place
  • Company vehicle
  • Occupational Health Support
  • Training/development opportunities

Must have:

  • RCVS registered and qualified
  • Possess the right to work in the United Kingdom

What happens next?

If you would like to be considered for this role, please apply with your latest CV. Alternatively, contact us to find out more details or to have a confidential discussion about this or other opportunities.

T: 0333 014 7374    



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