CVO Nigel Gibbens has launched a Government Veterinary Services blog to create a place for Government vets to share stories about the varied roles they undertake.

The blog’s aim is to raise awareness of the range of career options available to vets in Government, to inspire veterinary graduates and non-Government vets to consider a Government veterinary career.

UK Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens.
“There is no veterinary role wider in scope, impact and influence than that of a Government vet,” says UK CVO Nigel Gibbens.

Vets from all Government departments in the UK are being encouraged to get involved and contribute a post.

Range of roles

Vets have worked in Government for more than 150 years, protecting the animals and people of the UK against disease threats, and helping improve animal welfare. More than 600 vets are employed in a range of Government departments across the UK, with the majority (approximately 350) being employed by the APHA.

Other departments include:

  • Defra
  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Food Standards Agency Scotland
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)
  • Home Office
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Public Health England
  • VMD


The CVO said: “Government Veterinary Services wants to inspire veterinary graduates and vets in private practice to consider a career as a Government veterinarian – there is no veterinary role that is wider in scope, impact and influence than that of a Government vet.

“As the Government’s chief vet, I’m thrilled Government Veterinary Services has given us the opportunity to create a platform to demonstrate the important role we play in protecting the livelihoods of farmers, the health and welfare of their animals and public health across the country.”

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